A 60-year-old Winston-Salem woman who was the subject of a Silver Alert was shot and killed Sunday afternoon after allegedly drawing a weapon on law enforcement officers, officials said.
A Silver Alert was issued for Melissa Anne Jenkins around 5 p.m. Friday, saying she likely was driving a white 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Silver Alerts are issued for people who are missing and believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Robersonville Police Department tried to stop a white Jeep Grand Cherokee on U.S. 64 West around 10:25 a.m. Sunday, but the driver fled. Other law enforcement officials joined the chase as it crossed over into Edgecombe County. The Jeep pulled over onto the shoulder of U.S. 64 at mile marker 482 because of a flat tire about 15 minutes into the chase, according to N.C. Highway Patrol spokesman 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon.
“The lone occupant, the driver, was armed with multiple weapons and was ordered to exit the vehicle but failed to respond to law enforcement commands,” Gordon said in a press release. “Law enforcement personnel tirelessly attempted to negotiate with the driver to surrender but were unsuccessful.”
An hour later, the driver got out of the Jeep and pointed a weapon at law enforcement officers, who then opened fire, Gordon said in the release. The driver was killed and later indentified as Jenkins.
Troopers W.R. Bulluck, a 10-year veteran assigned to the Troop C District 1 patrol office in Nash County, and Trooper S.A. Stone, a 5-year veteran assigned to the Troop A District 5 patrol office in Pitt County, were placed on administrative duty pending an SBI investigation. That is standard procedure for all officer shootings.
Other agencies involved in the incident include: Martin County Sheriff’s Department, Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Department, Tarboro Police Department and Robersonville Police Department.
Gordon said U.S. 64 traffic in the Tarboro area was closed down for several hours on Sunday as a result of the incident.