Officer, K-9 partner nab suspect


K-9 Officer Spartan


Staff Writer

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A Tarboro police officer and his K-9 partner nabbed a felon with a firearm last week, according to a report from the Tarboro Police Department.

Cpl. Donald Norville responded to an area near the Pender Square Aparments on the 500 block of Benson Drive about 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 14 in reference to a disturbance involving a weapon, a press release from the Tarboro Police Department said.

As he arrived, Norville did not find a disturbance but did note several people leaving the scene. As he approached these individuals to interview them about the call, Norville identified one of the individuals as having an outstanding felony warrant for larceny of a motor vehicle. Norville tried to arrest the suspect on the warrant, but the suspect reportedly fled on foot.

Norville, who is a canine handler with the Tarboro Police Department, then deployed his partner, K-9 Officer Spartan, to assist him in the pursuit. As the suspect fled the scene, he reportedly took a handgun from his clothing and threw it into the woods. As the suspect attempted to enter a relative’s apartment, Norville and his partner confronted him and took him into custody without further incident.

Norville and Spartan then returned to the wooded area where the gun had been discarded. After a brief search, Spartan located the weapon and indicated its location to Norville, who secured it as evidence.

A search of the criminal history of the suspect revealed that Mar’Quavious Ja’Heem White, 18, was a convicted felon. White was served with the outstanding warrant and also was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting a police officer.

White was jailed under a $20,000 bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center.