Information on the arrest and shooting were not available until Friday morning.
Brandon Lemar Bell, 22, of 2812 East Darden St., Faison, was charged with DWI, speeding to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving, and resist, delay, and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
Calvin Jamal Brice, 18, of 103 Tyndall Court, Clinton, was arrested and charged with assault by pointing a gun.
More charges are expected to be leveled against the men once investigations are concluded.
According to Clinton police investigators, around 7:22 p.m. Thursday night, a black male suspect, believed to be Bell, shot into a vehicle parked at Cliff’s Fast Stop, located at 500 Lisbon St., Clinton. The vehicle was occupied by Sally Deaver, 34, and Tyrone Chevallier, 32, both of Clinton. Chevallier received a minor injury to his hand in the incident.
The suspect fled in a silver Chevrolet Impala with Maryland tags. It was believed a total of four people were in the car at the time of the shooting.
Uniformed officers from the Clinton Police Department located the vehicle on Fayetteville Street around 2:18 a.m. early Friday morning. When officers attempted to initiate the traffic stop, the suspect’s vehicle fled. A high-speed pursuit ensued on U.S. 421 from Clinton to Dunn.
According to Capt. Jay Tilley, the Sampson County Sheriffs Office, Highway Patrol, Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, and Dunn Police all responded with assistance in the pursuit.
During the chase, the suspects are alleged to have thrown out what was believed to be a gun on the side of the road.
“Stops sticks were deployed at the Sampson/Harnett (county) line which disabled the suspect vehicle,” Tilley said. “At that time, two of the four occupants jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot.”
Officers, with the assistance of Clinton Police Department canine officer Dandy, immediately apprehended the driver but the other suspect escaped. The vehicle was impounded and the driver and two other suspects were transported back to the Clinton Police Department.
Tilley noted that one officer was injured during the foot pursuit. He was taken to Sampson Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries and later released.
“We have been working this case for months,” Tilley said. “Thursday night, it came to a head. This investigation conducted by our detectives has linked this incident with four other reported assaults that had occurred since May 8.”
The motive for the assaults, Tilley noted, was unclear as of Friday morning.
Detectives are continuing their investigation which includes a search of U.S. 421 for the gun and the processing of the suspect’s vehicle.
Warrants for assault with a deadly weapon and assault by pointing a gun were obtained for Bell and Brice. Bell and Brice are accused of shooting at Clinton resident Worlie Spearman, 19, on May 14 on Still Street. They are also charged with pointing a pistol at Spearman on May 17 on Kennedy Street.
“Detectives are still investigating the discharge of firearms into two residents located on Weeks Street and at Sampson Homes that occurred on May 8,” the captain explained. “And officers are continuing to search for a black male who escaped after the vehicle pursuit who they believe was the suspect in the shooting at Cliff’s Fast Stop.”
The fourth person who was in the vehicle was released without charges.
The Clinton Police Department requests any citizen with information about these assaults to contact Det. Sgt. Darryl Grady at 910-592-3105.
To reach Doug Clark call 910-592-8137 ext. 123 or send e-mail to email@example.com.