UPDATE: 7 deputies on leave, 2 injured after shooting at checkpoint


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Submitted: Sun, 06/16/2013 - 3:59am
Updated: Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:10pm
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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A shooting around midnight Friday at a DWI checkpoint along Highway 17 in Leland involved seven deputies and two suspects who were taken to the hospital.

Late this afternoon, a spokeswoman for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office reported that Antoine Levar Graham, 25, of Mimosa Trail, in Leland, is charged with 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, 10 counts of AWDW on a government official, one count of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, one count of felony conspiracy, one count of possessing marijuana up to 1/2 oz and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Jerry Onasis Melvin,42, of Isabelle Trail in Leland, is charged with eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, eight counts of AWDW on a government official and one count of felony conspiracy (for speeding to elude).

Both are in fair condition according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The deputies involved are Cpl. Brian Medlin, Dep. Joe Cherry, Dep. John Rogers and Dep. Larry Branch from Brunswick County, as well as Sgt. M. Fike, Dep. J. Maroldt and Dep. J. Spivey from New Hanover County. The Brunswick County Deputies have been placed on administrative duty while New Hanover County Deputies have been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Both the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s office are conducting internal investigations. The State Bureau of Investigation has also been called in to investigate, and the State Highway Patrol has filed charges against the suspects.

Brunswick County has asked the SBI to take the lead on the investigation because it was a shooting that involved multiple agencies. As of Saturday evening, the SBI has not released any information about what caused it.

Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David said he joined Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram in requesting the SBI handle the case. David said one of his assistants was at the checkpoint and was a witness to what happened. As a result, David said he’s not sure how his office may be involved in the case. He said he plans to contact the Attorney General’s Office to help figure out if the DA’s office has a conflict of interest in the case.

Melvin is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $250,000 secured bond.

Stay with WWAY NewsChannel 3 for more details as they become available.

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53 Comments on "UPDATE: 7 deputies on leave, 2 injured after shooting at checkpoint"


Guest45
2015 years 8 months ago

I for one think these roadblock, search and seizure places are wrong, but since this country is headed or arrived at a police state so be it, got nothing to hide, I wonder how 7 deputies firing at 2 people at close range kept from killing them both??????????????? did any innocent civilians get hit?

irish1
2015 years 8 months ago

When the Supreme Court ruled that check points were constitutional they also set-up rules about them. Now I believe that this in its self was in fact, un-constitutional, much like Rowe vs. Wade in that the court at this point created legislation which it doesn’t have the power to do. If you remember the check point decision went thru at the same time the second flag burning decision (for the second time within a year ???) and that got all the media attention… But the thing is this, usually with a good lawyer, it is found that these check-points are not run by the standards set by the court, and the offender that has the resources to hire good legal representation will get the case dismissed. But here is what gets me. When this happens, why are not all the cases involved with this check point dismissed? Is it because of the revenue these cases bring the state is this another example of how our judicial system treats the poor?

Mara
2015 years 8 months ago

DWI checkpoints are illegal..just search YouTube and watch how people don’t have to answer any questions unless you are being detained…stop wasteing our tax dollars in these illegal checkpoints!

Rlcrews
2015 years 8 months ago

I wish either county would spend more money on firearm training. In reading the article what happened to two controlled rounds center mass? Go back to school kids and learn to shoot

Brian
2015 years 8 months ago

I know some people mess up and have a couple of drinks and drive, I went through one of those back road check points, got charged. The officer lied in court made me out to have been wasted, even said I gave him a college ID I don’t own a college ID…he was involved in this shooting in Leland, not sure what happened, but he is quite a little smarta*s. Bad part is when you have your day in court there isnt much you can do, your screwed as soon as you walk in the door.