Q’Davion Barnes, 19, of Tarboro, is being held on a $1 million bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center in connection with a late-night incident on Wednesday in which multiple shots were fired at a Tarboro police officer during a vehicle pursuit of a Ford Expedition.
Barnes, who turned himself in about 6 p.m. Thursday, has been charged with one count of felony conspiracy to commit attempted first-degree murder, one count of felony conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and one count of felony fleeing to elude arrest.
Barnes turned himself in after learning a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Law enforcement officers still are looking for at least one passenger, as shots were fired at the pursuing police unit from a rifle out of the passenger’s window. Shots also were fired with what was thought to be a different weapon through the vehicle’s back window.
Tarboro Police Chief Jesse Webb said the rifle, which was recovered Wednesday night, was a .223 semi-automatic AR-15.
Webb said law enforcement officers continue to look for the passengers who were in the Expedition with Barnes.
The incident in question began about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday night when an officer patrolling a residential area heard gunfire coming from the 1000 block of Edmondson Avenue in east Tarboro.
As additional officers responded to assist, the Expedition was seen fleeing the area and one of the responding officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
When Barnes refused to stop the vehicle, Webb said the officer activated the emergency equipment and began pursuing the vehicle along Daniel Street and toward U.S. 258. During the pursuit, a passenger in the vehicle leaned out of the window with a rifle and began firing at the officer.
The pursuit continued along N.C. 122 before turning right onto Cherry Hill Church Road.
It was at this time, Webb said, that someone from inside the vehicle began firing at the officer through the back window of the vehicle with what appeared to be a different weapon.
As the pursuit approached Howell Road, Barnes cut off the vehicle’s lights in an attempt to further evade the officer. Barnes then abruptly stopped the vehicle on Howell Road near Piney Grove Lane and the occupants fled the area on foot.
In a press release, Webb said the investigation remains open as evidence continues to be processed.