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Shot fired at Rocky Mount officer

Posted April 1, 2011

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— A 16-year-old fired a shot at a Rocky Mount officer during a late Thursday chase, police said Friday.

The unidentified officer stopped a Cadillac on Russell Street near Paul Street for a traffic violation at about 10:45 p.m. when a passenger jumped from the car and fled on foot, police said.

The officer pursued the man on foot, and the man fired one shot from a handgun at the officer, police said. The bullet hit 816 Paul St., but neither the officer nor anyone inside the house was wounded.

The officer apprehended the man and seized the gun, along with a small amount of marijuana, police said. Investigators determined that the gun had been stolen.

Vernon Jeffrey Romain was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, possession of a stolen firearm, discharging a firearm in the city limits, shooting into an occupied dwelling, possession of marijuana and resisting a public officer. He was being held in the Nash County jail under a $1.5 million bond.


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  • mpearce53 Apr 1, 2011

    what a shame

  • truthBknown2 Apr 1, 2011

    Cynic, you are really on the money on this one. What planet do you live on?

  • cynic Apr 1, 2011

    "Parents have not taught him, so maybe the prison system can and will."

    The only thing the prison system will teach him is to be a better criminal, how to game the system. The officer should have nipped the criminal's career in the bud.

  • ccs1920 Apr 1, 2011

    jesmyopenion/ You are so right. Cities would still be burning and there wouldn't be a 42inch LG television or a set of 22inch chrome rims for sale anywhere

  • nogade Apr 1, 2011

    Let's see, 16 years old, guess he had nothing better to do Thursday night. I'm suprised that I'm not reading that this kid was "just released from prison" for prior convictions of theft, drugs and attempted murder!! Oh that's right, he's just starting out on his criminal career so guess we get to read about him in the near future again huh?!!

  • Just the facts mam Apr 1, 2011

    He should be thankful he did not hit the Officer - glad the Officer was not hurt. Why is there a lack of morality in some cultures in America? I heard on NPR the other morning how there was no looting in Japan after the tsunami - we would not see this in some cultures in America.

  • wildcat Apr 1, 2011

    WOW! 16 years old, underage, and with an illegal gun in his possession. I dare not ask where was his parents? He should be sent to prison for 5 years. Parents have not taught him, so maybe the prison system can and will. Glad the officer was not hurt.

  • ccs1920 Apr 1, 2011

    Ain't he pretty with that old nasty hair.

  • TheDude abides... Apr 1, 2011

    God...we know you take care and love the "punks" too. May this draw them closer to you.

  • elainaworrell Apr 1, 2011

    God please take care of all the peace makers out there. They try so hard to keep us safe from punks like this.
    I salute all law enforcement. Be safe out there!