Man Convicted Of Attempted Murder Of Johnston County Deputy

A Johnston County Superior Court jury has convicted a 21 year-old man of attempting to kill a Johnston County sheriff’s deputy in 2016.

Following a jury trial this week at the Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield, Datrel K’Chaun Lyons of Clayton Road, Angier was found guilty of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit attempted first degree murder.

On October 24, 2016, Deputy Adrian Stone was on routine patrol when she attempted to stop a car on Cleveland Road near Barber Mill Road. The driver refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued. During the chase, a shot was fired at Deputy Stone. The chase continued down Spaniel Lane which is a dead end street.

As the driver of the fleeing car turned around in the cul-de-sac they aimed the vehicle at Deputy Stone who had exited her patrol car in an attempt to arrest the suspects. The deputy then discharged her firearm, hitting the suspect vehicle, which then crashed.

The two suspects in the car, Datrel Lyons and Gerald Thomas Holmes III, 25, of the 900 block of West Market Street, Smithfield were arrested.

Superior Court Judge Imelda Pate found the existence of aggravating factors and sentenced Lyons to a minimum of 230 months and a maximum of 301 months in prison.

“The Johnston County District Attorney’s Office is pleased with the verdicts and the sentence imposed,” stated Assistant District Attorney Paul Jackson. “Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect our community. The verdicts and the sentence imposed send the right message that anyone who attempts to harm a law enforcement officer will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  Ms. Stone’s actions in the face of deadly force were absolutely heroic, and we thank her. Detective Jaime Snipes and the entire Johnston County Sheriff’s Office should be commended for their hard work, swift response and apprehension of the defendant.”

Holmes, the second defendant, is currently awaiting trial. Deputy Stone was not injured in the 2016 incident.