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Man in custody after shooting at Wayne sheriff's deputy, officials say

Posted April 28, 2018 7:46 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:12 a.m. EDT

— A man is facing several charges, including attempted first-degree murder, after he opened fire on a Wayne County sheriff's deputy who was responding to a burglary call, authorities said Saturday.

Lemont Turrentine, 38, of Four Oaks, was being held on a $1 million bond in connection with the incident, which occurred at a residence on Minnie Drive near U.S. Highway 70 shortly after midnight. Authorities said they were still searching for three other suspects in connection with the case.

According to the sheriff's office, a deputy who was responding to a burglary call saw four suspects at the location when he arrived at the scene. The suspects ran from the scene on foot but were pursued by several law enforcement officers.

Turrentine was found hiding behind a nearby church building before he opened fire on the deputy's patrol car, which was struck at least three times, the sheriff's office said.

The deputy returned fire but neither he nor the suspect was struck during the exchange of gunfire, authorities said. The sheriff's office said no injuries occurred during the incident.

Wayne County deputy's car

The man dropped his gun and ran to some nearby bushes before being caught and taken into custody.

The sheriff's office said Turrentine has also been charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Several other law enforcement officers were called to the scene, including the Wayne County SWAT team, but they were unable to find the other three suspects. One of them was described as a woman wearing a hot pink shirt and hoodie.

"We've been here 20 years, and we've never had that issue," neighbor Amber Medlin said. "And now having a son, it scares me."

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff's Office at 919-731-1480.