Brunswick sheriff: checkpoint escape led to fired shots - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Brunswick sheriff: checkpoint escape led to fired shots

Posted: Updated:
LELAND, N.C. -

A weekend incident at a traffic checkpoint that left two motorists wounded by gunfire and led to seven deputies being placed on paid leave became violent when an SUV driver drove toward deputies to escape, Brunswick County's sheriff said Monday.
    
Four sheriff's deputies from Brunswick County and three from New Hanover County fired their handguns during the incident, Sheriff John Ingram said. The driver and his passenger were each struck multiple times.
    
"Realizing their lives were in danger of being run over by this vehicle," Ingram said, deputies "proceeded to shoot at the vehicle in attempts to stop the vehicle from traveling any further."
    
Authorities said Jerry Onasis Melvin, 42, is in the Brunswick County jail and faces eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, and one count of felony conspiracy to elude. Melvin appeared in court Monday with his left arm in a sling. A judge appointed him an attorney.
    
Antoine Levar Graham, 32, remained in the hospital Monday morning. He is charged with 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, one count of fleeing to elude arrest with motor vehicle, and other charges.
    
Neither man had a listed telephone number. Neither they nor their families could be reached for comment.
    
The confrontation began about 11:30 p.m. Friday on U.S. 17 in Leland when Brunswick County deputy sheriff John Rogers saw "numerous items being thrown" from a 1998 Lincoln Navigator as it approached the checkpoint, Ingram said. Rogers approached the vehicle, only for it to speed away and toward other deputies, the sheriff said.
    
The SUV made a U-turn in the highway's median and a man suffering from gunshot wounds jumped from it. The driver continued onto another highway until Rogers used his patrol car to tap the rear of the SUV, causing it to spin to a stop in the median, Ingram said.
    
Ingram said he couldn't say with certainty what was thrown from the SUV, but a weapon, a bag of marijuana and a container of alcohol were recovered.
    
Ingram and District Attorney Jon David have each asked the State Bureau of Investigation to join in the investigation.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 911UPDATE: Ft. Stewart Soldier Hit By Falling Plane, Daughter Critically Injured

    911UPDATE: Ft. Stewart Soldier Hit By Falling Plane, Daughter Critically Injured

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:54:15 GMT
    911 calls tell the story story of what happened before and after the tragic freak accident
    911 calls tell the story story of what happened before and after the tragic freak accident
  • Knoxville meteorologist's response to viewer goes viral

    Knoxville meteorologist's response to viewer goes viral

    A Knoxville meteorologist responded to a viewer’s letter on Facebook because there was no return address, and the post went viral.
    A Knoxville meteorologist responded to a viewer’s letter on Facebook because there was no return address, and the post went viral.
  • Sheriff's Office showcases "Faces of Meth" program as a lesson to all

    Sheriff's Office showcases "Faces of Meth" program as a lesson to all

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:33:26 GMT
    Faces of Meth™ is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon. This project began when a deputy in the Corrections Division Classification Unit, Deputy Bret King, put together mug shots of persons booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Deputy King worked with his co-workers in the Classification Unit to identify people who had been in custody more than once. He then worked to verify criminal records and files to determine and assure a history of methamphetamine re...
    Faces of Meth™ is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon. This project began when a deputy in the Corrections Division Classification Unit, Deputy Bret King, put together mug shots of persons booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Deputy King worked with his co-workers in the Classification Unit to identify people who had been in custody more than once. He then worked to verify criminal records and files to determine and assure a history of methamphetamine re...
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.