Shooting Suspect Captured Following High Speed Chase

A 30 year-old man was arrested Thursday evening after leading officers on a high speed chase.  It began when Kenly and Micro Police attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Rakheim Devon Prather of Selma.

Prather was wanted for the May 2, 2021 shooting of a 49 year-old man in the front yard of a home in the 900 block of Blount Street in East Smithfield. 

Prather reportedly failed to pull over, reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The chase ended when Prather ran off the roadway into a ditch on Condairy Road at Highway 301.   He initially refused to exit the vehicle and called 911.  After a standoff with law enforcement officers from several departments he surrendered.

Prather is facing several charges from Kenly Police related to the pursuit, including felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He was also served with a Smithfield Police warrant for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.  He was held on a $950,000 bond at the Johnston County Jail.

The May 2nd shooting victim is out of the hospital and still recovering.