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Fayetteville officers fire at Hoke shooting suspects

Posted May 14, 2011 12:00 p.m. EDT

— Fayetteville officers fired at two shooting suspects from Hoke County early Saturday, prompting them to surrender to police, a department spokesman said.

Sgt. C. Joyce said that Hoke County authorities alerted Fayetteville police that two men involved in a shooting and robbery might be driving a stolen car into the city.

Authorities activated an anti-theft device on the car and tracked it to the area of Yadkin Road, Joyce said. Officers stopped the car on McPherson Church Road, near Skibo Road.

A passenger got out of the car and pointed a handgun at officers, who fired their guns, Joyce said. The bullets struck only the car, but the two suspects surrendered without resisting more. No one was injured.

William Harris, 20, was charged with assault on a government official, and Nikia Martin, 21, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Harris was given a $100,000 secured bond, and Martin a $5,000 secured bond.

The Hoke County Sheriff's Office is investigating the men in connection with the robbery and shooting around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Martin is serving 36 months' probation for a 2009 conviction for conspiracy to commit armed robbery, according to state Department of Correction records.

Harris was released from jail on May 8 after serving 16 months for violating probation, DOC records show. He was convicted in 2009 of larceny of a motor vehicle, receiving a stolen vehicle, felony larceny and possession of stolen goods.

While in prison, he was cited for 13 infractions, including seven for a sexual act, along with assault a person with a weapon and lock tampering.