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Pair charged with shooting at ALE agent

Posted February 1, 2010 7:17 p.m. EST

— Two men have been arrested and a third is being sought after shots were fired at a state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement agent, authorities said Monday.

An unidentified ALE agent saw three young men buy alcohol at the Williamston Stop ‘n Shop on Jan. 22 and walk away. The agent intended to check their identifications and was driving slowly past them when he heard gunshots and saw a muzzle flash in his rear-view mirror, authorities said.

As the agent turned on his blue lights and backed towards the three men, he heard two more shots, authorities said. The three men ran into a nearby cemetery and escaped through a fence.

The agent was not injured in the incident. Six shell casings were recovered at the scene.

Delauno Corey, 30, of 102 Willow Drive, and Jonathan Wyche, 21, of 707 Hyman St., both of Williamston, were charged with discharging a weapon into occupied property and assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Authorities were looking for Delvanti Rodgers, 27, of 110 Hill St. in Williamston.

Authorities recovered a weapon that they believe was used in the shooting. It is a .22-caliber Ruger handgun that had been stolen out of a Johnston County residence in 2005.

Anyone with information on the Rodgers' whereabouts is asked to call Martin County Crime Stoppers at 252-792-8800 or local law enforcement.