Victim Shoots Suspect Before Assailant Leads Law Enforcement Officers On Vehicle Chase
JOHNSTON COUNTY – An elderly man was fatally stabbed by a stranger at his Four Oaks area home Thursday. The victim was able to shoot the suspect multiple times before the assailant led deputies on a chase into the Smithfield city limits where he was taken into custody and rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.
Just after 1:00pm today, the Johnston County 911 Center received a call from a wife stating a man was in the yard of their residence at 4092 US Highway 701 South stabbing her husband. Deputies and EMS were immediately dispatched to the home.
While deputies were still responding, they received information from an eyewitness the suspect had left the scene. Deputies located the suspect’s vehicle on Highway 301 traveling towards Smithfield. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over.
Johnston County deputies and Smithfield Police chased the suspect until he stopped at his home at 116 E. Wellons Street, Smithfield, at the intersection of S. Second Street.
Law enforcement officers took 25 year-old Isaac James Martin of 116 E. Wellons Street into custody. Martin had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. EMS rushed Martin to WakeMed with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Additional deputies arrived at 4092 US Highway 701 South and found 79 year-old Keith L. Slocum deceased in the back yard from multiple stab wounds.
Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said the preliminary investigation shows Slocum was attempting to defend himself against Martin on his property. There is no known connection between Slocum or Marcum and no reason why the suspect would be at the victim’s home.
A warrant has been obtained for Isaac James Martin charging him with murder. He will be served the murder warrant once released from WakeMed.
Captain Caldwell said the homicide remains under investigation. No further details have been released.