A Rocky Mount man with a history with law enforcement was shot and killed Monday night and the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Stoshua Eugene Lynch, 21, was found dead inside his vehicle when deputies arrived at the scene late Monday night near the intersection of Cokey Road and Fairview Avenue. A woman in Lynch’s vehicle received non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

The call came in to Rocky Mount police about 10:08 p.m. and was transferred to the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office as the location was in Edgecombe County.

Cpl. J.T. Jones of the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office was in the area at the time of the shooting and stopped a vehicle occupied by two people of interest who were detained but later released.

Detectives are continuing to interview witnesses and collect surveillance video in an effort to develop a suspect or suspects.


Anyone who may have been in this area about 10 p.m. on Monday and seen anything is encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at 252-641-7911.

Lynch was arrested by Rocky Mount police on Dec. 26, 2019, when he confronted a man he had been charged with robbing the day before.

The man told police that Lynch, who was known to him, had pulled a gun on him and fled when he called police. The incident stemmed from a robbery that took place the previous night, the man told police.

Lynch confessed to the robbery, according to Rocky Mount police, and was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun, carrying and concealing a gun and resisting a police officer.

He was jailed under a $45,000 secured bond in the Nash County Detention Center.