CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) — Two men were arrested after allegedly trying to run over a Johnston County Sheriff’s Office deputy following a shooting and chase Monday night in Clayton.
According to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, a female deputy attempted to make a routine traffic stop on Cleveland Road near Barber Mill Road in Clayton around 10 p.m. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and the deputy initiated a vehicle pursuit.
Those in the vehicle allegedly fired a shot at the deputy during the chase, which continued down Spaniel Lane, which is a cul-de-sac. Authorities said that the driver of the suspect vehicle turned around in the cul-de-sac and aimed his vehicle at the deputy who had stepped out of her vehicle in an attempt to make an arrest.
At that point, the driver of the vehicle is said to have aimed the vehicle at the deputy and slammed on the gas in an attempt to run her down. The deputy then fired her weapon and hit the suspect vehicle, which then crashed. The suspects jumped out of the crashed vehicle and fled on foot.
One suspect was immediately arrested, authorities said. A second suspect was captured in the same area of the crash almost 5 hours later, following a K-9 search.
The two arrested were Datrel K’chaun Lyons, 19, of Clayton, and Gerald Thomas Holmes III, 23, of Smithfield. Lyons has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and felony conspiracy. Holmes faces an attempted first-degree murder charge, along with felony conspiracy and felony probation violation charges.
Neighbors described hearing the gunshots and seeing the police activity in the area.
When neighbor Wesley Scott and his family heard the shooting, they went to the back of their home and ducked down the floor, unsure where the bullets were going, he said.
Another neighbor, Jasper Hinton, saw police leading one person out of the woods in handcuffs, he said. He said he also turned on all the lights at the rear of his home to help police search for another suspect, though they left without finding him.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for a third suspect and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information concerning those involved in the incident is asked to contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5010.