An individual believed to be responsible for shooting at a Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputy had his first court appearance Monday morning, after turning himself into authorities Friday afternoon.
David Scott Bain was placed under a $2.5 million bond after leading deputies from both Cumberland and Sampson counties on a chase before fleeing into the woods off of Horseshoe Road outside of Autryville.
In 2002, Bain was convicted of second-degree murder and released from prison in May 2016, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety online offender database.
Bain and fellow accomplice, James Gibbons, are accused of driving by and shooting at an off-duty deputy. According to reports, the deputy got into his patrol vehicle and followed Bain to Stedman, where the deputy activated his blue lights. Fleeing from the deputy, Bain entered into Sampson County, where the chase ended. Both Bain and Gibbons jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the woods at the end of the dirt road.
Charged with assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon, resist, delay and obstruct a public officer, possession of a firearm by a felon and felony speeding to elude, Bain surrendered himself to detectives at the Cumberland County Law Enforcement Center, some 24 hours after the chase. A search had been under way for his whereabouts.
The incident began around 6:45 p.m. Thursday, when a Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputy says he was outside his home doing yard work. As he worked, a vehicle drove by and someone inside fired shots at the officer. The deputy, whose name is not being released, pursued in a chase that led into Sampson County and eventually included officers on the ground and reportedly in the air.
Bain and Gibbons reportedly led the officer, and later other authorities, on that chase, which ended in the Hayne Stretch area outside of Autryville with the capture of Gibbons.
According to Lt. Sean Swain with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, after the initial shot was fired, the deputy got into his Sheriff’s Office pickup and began a pursuit that led through Stedman and eventually to Horseshoe Road in Autryville, where the two suspects jumped from their vehicle.
“According to the deputy, he observed the driver of the vehicle point a long-barreled gun out of the window and fire a round in his direction,” Swain stated in a press release issued by the department. “The deputy got into his unmarked patrol vehicle and followed the suspect into the parking lot of a gym in Stedman. A vehicle stop was initiated, however, the driver of the vehicle refused to stop.”
The press release indicates that the pursuit headed east on N.C. 24, with the suspect exceeding the speed limit and driving recklessly. The vehicle was later identified as a white 2000 Isuzu Rodeo.
Gibbons was taken to the Cumberland County Detention Center and placed under a $25,000 bond. He is a convicted felon and was charged with the possession of a firearm by felon, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon.
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