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Four charged in shooting that wounded man

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Rocky Mount police arrested three men and a juvenile on Friday night in connection with a shooting that wounded a man on Tarboro Street.

A 53-year-old man reported that he was taking the trash outside at about 3:20 p.m. on the 1200 block of Tarboro Street when he heard gunshots and realized that he had been struck. Rocky Mount police responded to the scene and found the wounded man inside the home. The man was transported to the hospital where he was treated for a non-life-threatening wound, said Cpl. Mike Lewis of the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Rocky Mount police located the vehicle where the shots reportedly were fired from and pursued it down Leggett Road near N.C. 97. The car chase ended when the car ran into a field. The two occupants of the car fled on foot and were apprehended by police.

Jermell Ervin, 20, of Rocky Mount was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon and discharging a firearm within an enclosed area for gang-related activities. He is being held under a $100,000 bond in the Edgecombe Couny Detention Center.

Marquis Jefferson, 23, of Rocky Mount, faces the same charges and also is being held under a $100,000 bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center.

A further investigation into the incident led officers to obtain a search warrant at the house where the incident occurred. Based on information obtained through the search, Rocky Mount police also arrested Martez Ricks, 26, of Rocky Mount. Ricks was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, Lewis said. Ricks was jailed under a $5,000 bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center.

A 15-year-old juvenile also was arrested in connection with the incident and was charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor.

Lewis said three firearms, including one stolen firearm, were seized in the investigation.

“This investigation is a result of a renewed commitment by this agency to aggressively investigate this type of crime in order to increase the safety of our neighborhoods,” Lewis said.

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