Altercation leads to multiple weapons charges


By Philip Sayblack
Staff Writer

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A 17-year-old man is behind bars in Edgecombe County facing multiple weapons charges after an altercation with a juvenile late Friday night in Tarboro.

Tarboro police Officer Donald “DJ” Norville responded to an altercation between a juvenile and a man at 8:30 p.m. on the 800 block of Bradley Avenue. The female juvenile told Norville the male suspect, later identified as Qua’Zaurius Zaukael Downing, 17, had threatened her with a firearm during a fight between the pair. A second, unidentified man and a woman also were at the scene.

Norville conducted a search of Downing and the other people. Tarboro Police Chief Jesse Webb said in a press release that Downing disobeyed Norville’s order to keep his hands visible during the search, adding Downing repeatedly put his hands in his pockets.

This led Norville to tell Downing he would use his taser if Downing did not listen to him. Downing eventually was handcuffed and searched. A sawed-off shotgun was found in the wasitband of Downing’s pants. A check of the gun revealed its serial number had been damaged or removed.

As Downing was being checked, the other unidentified man and woman became disruptive. More officers were called in to handle the situation.

Once the scene was secured, Downing was arrested and charged with felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction, felony possession of a weapon with an altered serial number, misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon, misdemeanor going armed to the terror of the people and misdemeanor resisting a public officer.

Downing was jailed under a $500,000 secured bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on the charges today in N.C. District Court in Edgecombe County.