Harrells man charged in attempted murder

By Chris Berendt Staff Writer

March 23, 2014

HARRELLS — A Harrells man accused in a shooting that injured two people, one of whom remains hospitalized with serious injuries, has now been apprehended and charged with attempted murder among other felony charges.

On Thursday, shortly after 8 p.m., deputies with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting victim at 1435 Tomahawk Hwy., Harrells. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a vehicle parked in front of the residence, with a 25-year-old male inside. The vehicle and victim, who was unresponsive, had sustained several gunshots.

A 30-year-old female, identified as the male victim’s girlfriend, also suffered minor injuries from what investigators called a stray bullet. Both victims, whose names were not immediately released, were transported by EMS to a medical facility for treatment. As of press time Saturday evening, the male victim was still being treated for serious injuries.

Following an initial investigation, Sampson County Sheriff’s detectives determined the suspect to be Anthony Alford, 28, of 1577 Tomahawk Hwy. Investigators immediately followed up on those suspect leads and worked the case well into the early morning hours. A neighborhood canvas followed, in which sheriff’s authorities went door to door and traffic checkpoints were conducted in the area, in search of any information on the suspect’s whereabouts.

Around 5 p.m. Friday, investigators received a phone call from the suspect, who sheriff’s investigators said was “literally tired of running, had nowhere else to hide and wished to turn himself in.”

Upon turning himself in to investigators, suspect Alford was charged with first degree attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and discharging a weapon into occupied property.

Alford was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under a $500,000 bond.

“Deputies and investigators worked around the clock to smoke this suspect out of hiding and it paid off,” Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said in a prepared statement. “It is a testament to the amount of hard work, determination and commitment all officers have to their job and the citizens of Sampson County.”

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