Clinton man charged in August shooting; other arrests expected

By: By Chris Berendt -

A Clinton man has been arrested in connection with a shooting incident that sent four people, including himself, to the hospital at the end of August. Other arrests are expected in the incident, which has been under investigation for the past two months, according to Clinton Police Department officials.

Tyrek Da’Sha Melvin, 21, of 300 Shield St., Clinton, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon intending to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a weapon within the city limits. He was also served with an unrelated outstanding warrant, dated July 25, 2016, for false imprisonment.

He was taken into custody at Springwood Apartments on Morisey Boulevard in Clinton Saturday, served the charges and placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $130,000 secured bond. He has a first appearance set for this Friday, Dec. 2.

The charges stem from a shooting at approximately 11:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at 410 Byrd St. in Clinton, where responding officers found two people who had sustained gunshot wounds. The men were identified as Mario Oates, 27, whose listed residence is 422 Trappers Run Lane, Clinton, and Lodell Maurice Bolton, 26, whose listed address is 203 Shamrock Drive, Clinton.

Oates was transported to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh and Bolton was taken to Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton. Two additional victims, including Melvin, were taken to Sampson Regional Medical Center by privately-own vehicles prior to uniform officers arriving at the scene, authorities said. The other victim was identified as Michael Jamal Oates, 24, of the same 422 Trappers Run Lane address as Mario Oates. Both Melvin and Michael Oates had also sustained gunshot wounds.

Oates was airlifted to Wake Medical and Melvin was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Preliminary information indicated that the shooting occurred during an altercation between the victims, police officials said.

The Clinton Police Neighborhood Improvement Team was called to the scene and began investigating the shooting. While Melvin was arrested this past weekend, police said others will soon be facing charges.

“The case is still under investigation and additional arrests are expected,” a press release issued by the department on Wednesday stated.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Clinton Police Department at 910-592-3105. Citizens may also provide information using the anonymous texting service, CPD TIP411 by texting “tipcpd” and the tip to 847411.


By Chris Berendt

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