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Shots Fired During Arrest at Garner Motel

Posted November 1, 2007

— A member of the U.S. Marshal's Eastern Violent Fugitive Task Force fired his gun Thursday afternoon while trying to serve an arrest warrant at a Garner Motel.

McKinley Jones, 29, tried to attack one of the officials at about 2:30 p.m. at the Econo Lodge at 1602 Mechanical Blvd., authorities said. Authorities were attempting to serve Jones and his wife, Saundia Jones, 29, with warrants for drugs and weapons charges.

The shots fired by the official did not hit anyone, and no injuries were reported. The Joneses were taken into custody.

A swarm of law enforcement authorities were seen conducting room-to-room searches of the motel, with weapons drawn.

Additional charges against the Joneses are pending, and authorities will conduct an investigation into the shooting, which is standard procedure whenever a law enforcement officer fires his weapon.


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  • lizard Nov 2, 2007

    In the army we test fired our weapons before a mission. Why is this a problem?

  • deucedude Nov 1, 2007

    Gun control....hitting your target.

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Nov 1, 2007

    Correction, story picture captions indicates it was a US Marshall..however it is still incorrect for WRAL to assume it was a Marshall...time will reveal the error

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Nov 1, 2007

    Was a member of a fugitive task force...doesn't say it was a U.S Marshall...assumptions as usual

  • Rabid_Wolf_2 Nov 1, 2007

    More training for Marshall's must have better aim.

  • mindyourown Nov 1, 2007

    Yep, should have shot both of them, fugitives wanted on drug AND weapons charges!!! Wonder what crime they would have commited next!!!!!

  • welfare blows Nov 1, 2007

    this sucks, should have killed him, now we have to supply room and board. DA*M

  • Nancy Nov 1, 2007

    And within a mile of this mess, was this: (man shot in the neck)

    According to a bulletin, police are looking for a black man with long dreadlocks, standing 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10 and wearing a black puffy jacket with white stripes. Their description did not include other identifying information, such as age, weight or build.

    Police have blocked West South Street between South Saunders and West streets.

  • dell Nov 1, 2007

    "tried to attack" and The shots fired by the marshal did not hit anyone. More to come I'm sure.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Nov 1, 2007

    Sounds like the Marshall needs to go back to Target practice!