Benson Man Found With Pipe Bomb, Police Say

Dunn Police found a pipe bomb after arresting a wanted man, Dunn Police Chief Chuck West said.

The incident unfolded Sunday night at the Kangaroo Express on Long Branch Road. This area is inside the city’s police jurisdiction.

Officers were dispatched at 7:47 p.m. about a man seen there who had outstanding warrants. Officers saw the man matching the wanted man’s description walking out of the store to a vehicle.

Sherrill Benson, 47, of Mamie Road, Benson, was arrested on outstanding warrants out of Johnston County.

According to a press release from Chief West, “During a search of Mr. Benson’s vehicle, officers discovered evidence of an explosive device. At that time the scene was made safe and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations Bomb Squad was requested to the scene for further investigation. After examination of the device, it was determined that the device appeared to be a homemade pipe bomb. SBI bomb technicians safely disarmed the device and some was collected for evidentiary purposes.”

Mr. Benson was charged by Dunn Police with felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $75,000 secured.

The Johnston County warrants were for speeding, operating a vehicle with no insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a felon and failure to appear in court for uttering forged instruments.

Chief West thanks his officers for “immediately taking precautionary safety measures to ensure the safety of citizens during this incident.” He also thanked the SBI and Harnett County Sheriff’s Office for help from those agencies.

-Dunn Daily Record