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Pair charged with shooting at ALE agent

Posted February 1, 2010

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— Two men have been arrested and a third is being sought after shots were fired at a state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement agent, authorities said Monday.

An unidentified ALE agent saw three young men buy alcohol at the Williamston Stop ‘n Shop on Jan. 22 and walk away. The agent intended to check their identifications and was driving slowly past them when he heard gunshots and saw a muzzle flash in his rear-view mirror, authorities said.

As the agent turned on his blue lights and backed towards the three men, he heard two more shots, authorities said. The three men ran into a nearby cemetery and escaped through a fence.

The agent was not injured in the incident. Six shell casings were recovered at the scene.

Delauno Corey, 30, of 102 Willow Drive, and Jonathan Wyche, 21, of 707 Hyman St., both of Williamston, were charged with discharging a weapon into occupied property and assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Authorities were looking for Delvanti Rodgers, 27, of 110 Hill St. in Williamston.

Authorities recovered a weapon that they believe was used in the shooting. It is a .22-caliber Ruger handgun that had been stolen out of a Johnston County residence in 2005.

Anyone with information on the Rodgers' whereabouts is asked to call Martin County Crime Stoppers at 252-792-8800 or local law enforcement.

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  • SalemWWX Feb 3, 2010

    "And name another drug that has ruined more lives than alcohol."

    No argument there, there are a lot of people who can't handle themselves....but I rarely hear of people getting robbed, shot up, murdered, kidnapped or caught in the cross-fire of rival gangs that were dealing beer. The money involved in the illegal drug trade makes the "risk/reward equation" lean toward the more violent end of the scale as it relates to public safety. My personal opinion is that ALE could be handled by standard city/county officers, and that the extra manpower and resources should be allocated to combatting the illegal drug trade, at least until our government takes a more logical approach to that issue.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 2, 2010

    "However, as per Terry vs. Ohio reasonable suspicion must be based on "specific and articulable facts", not on officer hunch alone."

    And? You're assuming he didn't have reasonable suspicion yet you have NO idea what he saw. That's pretty dumb in my opinion.

  • golo5 Feb 2, 2010

    I want to make it clear that I feel safer for myself and others that these guys were apprehended. They were obviously trigger happy and with a stolen gun at that. However, as per Terry vs. Ohio reasonable suspicion must be based on "specific and articulable facts", not on officer hunch alone. Seasoned officers know how to observe and wait until the right time to make the case so it will stick. No officer likes for evidence to be thrown out or be the one to cause the department loads of money in a lawsuit settlement. If officers were allowed to stop and search, question and ask for papers on anyone at anytime based on hunches, it would make it a lot easier for them and a lot more criminals would be caught. However, it would be at the cost of everyones individual freedoms. Wait, wasn't there a war fought to defeat such a regime?

  • thepeopleschamp Feb 2, 2010

    Tatersalad has stopped making comments, I guess he had to take time out from degrading everyone's education and turn off the school's computer and go get on the bus.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 2, 2010

    "Do we really need a special police force whose sole responsibility seems to be cruising concerts and harassing college kids? I mean really - would this money not be better spent elsewhere in law enforcement?"

    That's not their sole responsibility obviously. And name another drug that has ruined more lives than alcohol.

  • yellow_hat Feb 2, 2010

    "To be an ALE Agent one must have a bachelors degree,"

    Wrong -
    To be an ALE Agent one must have;
    a. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
    or
    b. Two-year degree plus two years of full-time sworn law enforcement experience
    or
    c. Four years of sworn law enforcement experience

  • yellow_hat Feb 2, 2010

    Do we really need a special police force whose sole responsibility seems to be cruising concerts and harassing college kids? I mean really - would this money not be better spent elsewhere in law enforcement?

  • Common Sense Man Feb 2, 2010

    You're welcome arggggggghhhhh, I love it!

  • GravyPig Feb 2, 2010

    "maybe the fact they were IDed by the cashier first"

    I didn't see any mention of that in the article. So either they were IDed or they weren't. You can't just assume they were since it's possible that they weren't. Just because there is a law doesn't mean everyone upholds it. There is a lot of info missing from this story and it seems a few folks are interjecting their own assumptions for fact.

    I'm really boggled as to why anyone would side with the stolen gun carriers who have a hair trigger. Especially since it doesn't sound like anyone provoked them to shoot.

    Again, I'm glad these yahoos are off the street and the officer is safe.

  • Arrggghhhh Feb 2, 2010

    Common Sense Man, on behalf of the "sane" posters, I would like to thank you and all other LEO who serve the public and provide a safe enviroment for us to live in...Thank You for doing a job that (as some of these posters prove) gets very little appreciation.

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