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Two captured in Orange County manhunt

Posted June 10, 2011 7:59 a.m. EDT
Updated June 10, 2011 1:13 p.m. EDT

— Authorities arrested two parolees after a manhunt sparked by an incident early Friday in which shots were fired at an Orange County sheriff's deputy.

Lamarr Pate Murphy, 28, and Sammy Lee Mebane Jr., 27, both face a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill a sheriff's deputy.

The deputy was not injured in the shooting on U.S. Highway 70 in Efland around 3:32 a.m., authorities said. More details of the incident weren't released.

The suspects were caught in the woods outside a weigh station along Interstate 40/85 around 9 a.m.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office sent a call out to residents in the Efland area, warning them to be on the lookout for two armed and dangerous men.

Both Murphy and Mebane were on parole after recently finishing prison sentences for unrelated armed robbery convictions, according to state Department of Correction records. Mebane was listed as absconder from parole supervision.

Murphy was released from prison last October after serving more than 10 years and was on parole until July 25, DOC records show. While in prison, he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of assault on an officer or state employee, as well as being cited for 68 infractions, records state. Those misdemeanor charges added about nine months to his sentence.

He also served probation for convictions for misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and three larceny counts.

Mebane was released last September and put on parole until June 13, DOC records show. He was cited for 28 infractions in prison, including assaulting a staff member with a sexual instrument.

He also has 17 other convictions, including assault on a female, attempted common-law robbery and felony breaking and entering.