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Rocky Mount gunshot victim's body found near car crash scene

Posted January 22, 2019 4:34 a.m. EST
Updated January 22, 2019 1:53 p.m. EST

Handcuffs resting on top of a page of fingerprints

— Police in Rocky Mount were searching for clues after a man was found fatally shot after his vehicle crashed into a utility pole, authorities said Tuesday.

The body of Tobious Devone Cox, 29, of Rocky Mount, was found lying on the sidewalk in the 700 block of West Thomas Street a few feet from where his Ford Focus had crashed into the pole, police said in a written statement. Cox was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were called to a report of gunfire in the area shortly after 10 p.m.

Police have not yet said publicly if any suspects are being questioned or identified a motive in the killing.

The police statement suggested the incident was not random.

“The Rocky Mount Mount Police Department is always concerned about any acts of violence that occur in our city,” Interim Police Chief George Robinson said in the statement. “The police department investigates such incidents diligently and thoroughly. These recent homicides were not random and appear to be unrelated. The victims in these investigations were either targeted or had familiarity with the suspects. We have made significant progress in these investigations and hope to bring closure to the victims’ loved ones. The Rocky Mount Police Department is dedicated to working tirelessly to take these violent offenders off the streets and out of these communities. We believe these investigations have witnesses who have pertinent information, and we encourage them to come forth.”

Anyone with information about the shooting of Cox was asked to call Rocky Mount police at 252-972-1411.