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Northampton police shootout ends in murder suspect's arrest

Posted August 6, 2011
Updated August 7, 2011

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— A Northampton County man was arrested Saturday after a shootout with authorities who tried to execute a search warrant at his home, police said.

Dwight Earl Anderson, 42, of Rich Square, allegedly fired 14 shots at officers and deputies who were investigating the shooting death of 36-year-old Cory Medley.

Shortly before 5 a.m., officers were dispatched to 221 Roberts Road in Rich Square, where they found Medley, who had suffered gunshot wounds in his lower torso, police said. He had been shot outside the home, police said, but was able to run inside before collapsing on the floor. 

Medley spoke with responding officers before being rushed to Roanoke Chowan Hospital, where he died around 9:30 a.m.

Authorities believe the shooting erupted after an argument between the suspect and victim. It wasn't clear how the two men knew each other.

Based on interviews at the scene, police identified Anderson as the shooter. The initial investigation led authorities to believe that Anderson had fled to Virginia, but when two Rich Square officers and two Northampton County sheriff's deputies arrived at his home, they found him inside.

Anderson allegedly began shooting at them, while they hid behind their police cars. No one was injured.

He insisted that he would only communicate directly with Rich Square Police Chief Alan Roye, who eventually convinced him to surrender to police, authorities said.

Police said they were planning to search the home, hoping to find the gun that was used to shoot Medley.

Anderson, who faces a first-degree murder charge, was placed in the Northampton County jail without bond.

More charges are expected, police said.

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  • renae7p Aug 9, 2011

    Senseless act of violence. Hope justice is served!

  • bowserd54 Aug 8, 2011

    I grew up in Rich Square and it has changed. Crime has increased as there are few jobs and more drugs in the area. Loved growing up in this little quiet town, however I would not raise a family there now as there's nothing for the youth.

  • problem-solved Aug 8, 2011

    "No more charges are expected" ?????? He shot at Police. Hopefully that's a mistake in the article. What a slap in the face that would be to the officers ducking bullets if he wasn't even charged.

  • YNCSW51 Aug 8, 2011

    Good Ole Rich Square, such a quiet little town you run right through in on hwy 258. What a shame.

  • warbirdlover Aug 8, 2011

    Welcome to the Wild Wild West.