A Four Oaks man was being held Saturday under a $1 million bond after he reportedly exchanged gunfire with a sheriff’s deputy who had responded to a burglary in progress call shortly after midnight.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said they were dispatched at 12:19am to a burglary in progress on Minnie Drive off Whitley Church Road just east of Princeton near the Johnston County line.
When deputies arrived they saw four suspects fleeing on foot. Officer pursued the suspects onto The Bridge Church property. As a deputy drove his patrol car around the church building, one of the suspects, who had been concealed behind the church, stepped out and shot multiple times at the deputy.
The deputy returned fire. Neither the suspect or deputy was hit by the gunfire however his patrol car was struck multiple times by bullets.
The suspect immediately ran away. Officers said they observed him holding a firearm as he fled.
Following a foot chase, Lemont Turrentine, 38, of 1496 Joyner Bridge Road, Four Oaks, was found hiding in a group of bushes. The firearm used by Turrentine was found nearby.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, Wayne County sheriff’s helicopter, and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office responded to search for the remaining 3 burglary suspects. Following a four hour manhunt the search was called off.
The three suspects were all wearing dark colored hoodies. One suspect is believed to be a light skin female with a hot pink shirt and hoodie.
Anyone with information about the three remaining suspects is asked to contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 919-735-2255.
Turrentine is charged with attempted first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and possession of a firearm by a felon.