Bullet Fired Into Home By Felon Playing With Handgun, JCSO Says

SMITHFIELD – A 19 year-old man currently on felony probation is facing new charges after an incident involving a handgun.   Around 3:45pm Friday, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address in the 700 block of Braswell Road.  A 42 year-old woman reported she was inside her mobile home when a bullet pierced the wall of her home, damaging the siding and an interior wall.

Deputies determined a neighbor, Gregory Tyler Brinkley of Braswell Road, had allegedly been playing with handgun inside his mobile home when it discharged.  The bullet exited his home and entered his neighbors home.

Brinkley was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and discharging a weapon into occupied property.

In Feb. 2018, Brinkley, while a student at West Johnston High School, was charged with selling marijuana on school grounds. In March 2018, while out of jail on bail awaiting trial, he was rearrested on the West Johnston campus for allegedly fighting with another student.