Nash sheriff discusses deputy's shooting
Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone holds a news conference to discuss the shooting of one of his deputies on Thursday morning.
right. Um, thank you all for coming. And thank you for being patient with me today. I know several of you reached out to me, but my job is to sheriff of Dash County. First and foremost is to ensure the safety and of the citizens and to protect my deputies and make sure that they're in, uh, well. And obviously I was back and forth in the hospital. I didn't get back with somebody, Um, on today's date. Earlier this morning about 99 30 in the morning, one of our criminal interdiction units was working on 9 95 work in traffic, a vehicle, a 2000 and eight Mercedes being, uh, four door with Florida tax committed to speaking defense. The deputy initiated a traffic stop. Ponder traffic stop. She was going to issue a warning citation and, uh, was attempting to get the driver's license from the lone occupant of the vehicle who was later identified as Jared Jovon Ford, 33 year old of 25 49 Langdon Avenue, South ST Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Ford's driver's license are, um, in a state of revocation. Therefore, he could not give a permanent they providing driver's license. Um, during this traffic stop, it was determined that the criminal activity was afoot. The deputy deputy, Shelby Smith, who served with our office for two years and eight months, got in a conversation with him, noticed that he was having criminal activity about himself, summons to another vehicle up, which is Caden Officer Deputy William Tony. With six years and one month on, he came up. At that time, they asked the driver out of the vehicle. Conversation ensued. During the conversation, Mr Ford brandished a firearm, pulled it from his body, turned it around and started shooting striking Deputy Tony. Three or four times. Deputy Shelby Smith returned fire. The defendant then made it into a ditch area and lost his weapon. She kept him at gunpoint until other units could secure the gun. And First Aid was administered immediately for both the officer and the felon, both the Mr Ford and Deputy William Tony or at Violet East Carolina Hospital. At this time, and either in surgery or coming out of surgery. The wounds to Deputy William Tony he is in stable condition. I do not know the exact state of classifications that he's in the real concern here to me is Mr Ford Pass, and I'll share this with a lengthy criminal record ranging from strangulation to a bit jewel driving without driver's license to drug trafficking to possess in the firearms, just to name a few to aggravated assault with a firearm. It's alarming to me that these type of individuals or out roaming the streets is concerning E. I've been in communications with the federal court system, and, uh, I cannot discuss that. But he is a convicted felon. He did possess a semi automatic weapon. What kind of weapon was, uh, I from me just looking at probably a nine millimeter or 40 caliber? Let's talk that we could about the deputies for just a moment. They were very, very lucky. Close range. Someone starts firing shots with a weapon like it was because over in God's hands, that's the only reason these officers air here in deployed good training. These officers have. But this man had all intent of killing one of the people that protect you every day. And the citizens of the United States should be alarmed that these type of people are out here over and over and over and like what? This was seven pages of criminal activity. It puts every person in America at risk. Just a officer was involved with the dog. A dog did not. The dog was in the vehicle. The officer First Officer Shelby Smith. That is correct. And then she noticed that he had she noticed that there was criminal activity and she got him out of the vehicle. And at that time she picked up, she picked up on that. He might be on. And that's what you call her back. The other officers Hey, drove there, got out of vehicle and they were standing having communications with the violator. And how would you classify her? She she not only, uh, she held in a bed. Uh, that's what the people need to understand. It's what a law enforcement officer does. You've got a person that's sticking a gun in your face and trying to kill you, and then immediately returned from being a warrior to a life saver, providing first aid and making sure that this person gets to the hospital because you could believe this violator. If he had his way, he would kill both of those officers believe him in the road dead and travel his way back to where he was coming from Their true heroes out here protecting the interest of our citizens every day. Uh, that's under investigation. Deputy Smith probably fired maybe 12 rounds. I can't speculate on how many. The suspect was shot numerous times. Uh, his, uh, weapon hand to my understanding is broke. And he got his gun out of his post e surgery. Um, is he expected to recover? This is I talked to him. I went to the to the scene and to the hospital. He's in high spirits, and I think he's gonna cover. He is a very, uh, diligent guy. He's in high spirits. Uh, he's very healthy, very in shape. So I think that he'll come longer. Well, I mean, you know, there's more traffic on I 95 probably than any other road in America when I That's what it is. When you go out of your house today with these vital defenders, you've got to look in Florida. You just lost two officers yesterday. Yesterday afternoon, you had a U. S. Marshal shot in Baltimore. Uh, this is happening all over the United States were making gun cases every week with violent offenders there either fighting law enforcement or they're either running up and down the road. Risking lives is a very dangerous time. It's the time that we need to look at our probation, parole and our courts and find out what we need to do to take the people that have records like this and put them somewhere to make it safe for people. What was the criminal activity when you say the criminal activity, I cannot. That is training that they have, uh, that she suspected it and, well, she actually knew it. She knew that the criminal activity was afoot. And that's the reason she, uh, carried the investigation, father, because you haven't able to run the plate. And she was pulling the vehicle over and get a response back. Yeah. Was it all just gonna happen in a I think we do call in license plates and things of that nature, but as today you don't know who's driving these cars. This was another person that on this vehicle he did not own it. Um, you know, going up and down this road, you can you can only imagine what you find. Earlier in the year, we had a state trooper to stop one on US 64 that had a body in in the car. You never know what you're gonna find, Sheriff. You lost every hour here incident. I mean, that had to be. He was in the hospital first. That is correct. I did. From the minute I got the phone call that I had a deputy shot. It's the worst thing is a sheriff sitting here worried about my warriors and my sheep dogs out here that are protecting the citizens, trying to make it safe for Nash County and for North Carolina for actually America. Because these people are traveling all over America doing these things. And it's one of our people are here trying to provide safety and trying to make it safe for the motoring public. And for the citizens. It's a very touching moment to me. And thank God that the good Lord had him in their hands today. No reports of females. Uh, she was not injured. We have one state trooper that has gone to the hospital with, um, some type of entry or illness and our deputy Tony is invited this time, and he is there with about 3 to 4 gunshot wounds. Shall We was not injured. She was injured, but not to the extent to be, uh, admitted into the hospital with this stop traffic stop was part of what the larger 95 enforcement. Now, these were the only two on that end of the county that were working. It was a traffic stop with the speed carried on the conversation after he got out of the car. Turned violent. And, uh, that's what uh, it's just a routine traffic stop in criminal activity was afoot, and she detected it and called for backup. Carried investigation further. And then when they attempted to take him into custody or the weapon out and started firing a street officers, they say there's a routine. How would you classify the act? Deputies was heroic. 110%. What's heroic about it is to go from that mode of a shootout with a suspect. And then the suspect is laying there and needs medical attention. And they do that. They provide medical attention toe with the same person that's trying to keep you will leave you in that cold highway. Told that the deputy Tony was just huge animal and his canine chase. That is correct, that having, uh, chase, he named it after one of the cartoons. I think he let some kids or his kids name the canine and the canine. Is that his residents? Now? I understand, and he was never injured. How many you have? E. I think he has three kids, No grandkids. Now don't hold me to that one of the fourth. We might come up and say You forgot me so but I think there's three is a four. It's four. It's got four kids. Uh, she's, uh, doing good. I mean, there's a very traumatic experience going through this. I've talked to William Tony, and he's in good spirits. Thio their training. Save your life 110%. The training that these interdict er's get is, uh, probably some of the best training in America and its detection. It's watching body language and things of that nature and, uh, the way that people are talking to you, and it's communications and de escalation for and obviously your fitness and your ability with fire. What was the officer shelf officer was shot in the upper part of the body two times. And then one time, I think from the waist down with a hey was wearing a vest and, uh, body camera body camera. I hadn't seen it when I got there, because obviously, all the carnage was there. Um, but my internal affairs team and the State Bureau of Investigation they're conducting their investigations at this time also want to thank the North Carolina Highway Patrol for coming out immediately and responded and also helping with the investigation. North Korean State Bureau of Investigation in the United States Attorney's Office, the Attorney General's Office and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms unit of Department of Treasury For them reaching out and being on scene quickly. It's a strong partnership, and the outpour and support from the public from the everyday citizen out here to the governor of North Carolina has called him, put their regards to what happened today. It's a good thought to know that these officers are appreciated for what they're doing every day you can or I can Oh, last name is Ford that, um, first name Jared J a R E d Middle initial is J von J D o n. And as I said, he's had several aggravated assault with a deadly weapon fleeing to elude law enforcement assault by pointing a firearm driving while license revoked permanently. Vote most of us out of Florida. Okay, His age is 87 33 years old. T o N e y hope, uh, I'm not sure I don't get the state. Cheryl A very, um, I suspect there is. Um, that investigation is ongoing now, and obviously it takes time with the officer involved, shooting a suspect shot, and then the investigation of what else is going on. I know that there was a large capacity magazine for the semi automatic weapon. I do know that he did possess that, uh, there is. That is correct. There is a The FBI is doing the investigation on the officer involved shooting and the Nash County Sheriff's Office. Alcohol, tobacco and firearms with federal government U. S. Attorney's offices doing the criminal investigation. What about the officers? Get specific. Officer smear. She be basically, uh, what they are. I understand. It used to be called destiny. Do you know what it will be Now? Use you'll be on administrative leave. And then after that investigation is concluded, uh, and we make sure that you're safe and sound to go back to work in opposite. Obviously, that is 100% routine, and it's for the safety of the officer and also the safety of everybody. Just we just kind of run back, run down walks, Boston movie. I think I didn't understand. Uh, one is complained of chest pains. Um, and then my other officer is there that is being is in surgery for gunshot ones. Multiple gunshot wounds. Cheers. That is correct. Something that was a male. So any other questions? As soon as the suspect, I guess process, he will be processed on pendants. That is correct. Uh, I'm sure that with this criminal record, he's got one somewhere. Uh, I'm not retrieved it yet. I have not seen that. But I will provide you a, uh, the copy of his name and all that. So But it's out of Florida, and I guess you have the resource is to pull up all that correct. William. Tony? Yes. Does he get I call him Tony. William. Tony, look calm down in his dog calling police stuff, not Chase. This is a good boy with both are with Nash County Sheriff's Office, and they're both assigned to the criminal interdiction, too. Any other questions? How the highway is open and we opened up, uh, one lane because the amount of traffic out there in the city of Rocky Mount did an outstanding job bringing the traffic through Rocky Mount. But we've got that open back up. We tried to have it open back up by three, because obviously with the traffic at five o'clock, it would just be horrendous. So we got one lane open, and then I think it's fully open Mountain. Thank you. Shit. Like my my.