Armed driver shot, killed after car chase on U.S. 64 - WNCT

Armed driver shot, killed after car chase on U.S. 64

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TARBORO, N.C. -

A 60-year-old woman is dead after pointing a gun at law enforcement shortly after a car chase on U.S. 64 in Edgecombe County.

Around 10:25 a.m. Sunday the Robersonville Police Department attempted to pull over a white Jeep Grand Cherokee on U.S. 64 West but the driver didn't stop and a pursuit began.

The chase lead into Edgecombe County where troopers and other law enforcement agencies were requested to assist.

Around 10:40 a.m., the vehicle pulled onto the shoulder at mile marker 482 due to a flat tire.

The driver and lone occupant, 60-year-old Melissa Anne Jenkins of Winston-Salem, was armed with multiple weapons and was ordered to exit the vehicle but failed to respond to law enforcement commands.

Law enforcement officers tirelessly attempted to negotiate with the driver to surrender but were unsuccessful.

Around 11:45 a.m., Jenkins exited the vehicle and pointed a weapon directly at law enforcement officers who returned fire and killed her.

Larry Joyner, lives across from the highway and heard all the commotion.

"I heard this really loud explosion, which kind of rattle the house. It was so loud, and I didn't really know what it was; and there were police cars and flashing lights. It was pretty scary because it was so close and you really don't know all the details. You don't really know what's going on. I was very thankful that it was over there, not over here," said Joyner.

A Silver Alert was issued for Jenkins back on Friday, March 29th by the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons.  It was believed that Mrs. Jenkins was operating a white 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee displaying a North Carolina registration and was possibly traveling to the Manteo area. 

Silver Alerts are issued for persons believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

The following troopers have been placed on administrative duty pending the investigation which is standard operating procedure in trooper involved shootings:

Trooper W. R. Bulluck, 10-year veteran assigned to the Troop C District 1 patrol office located in Nash County

Trooper S. A. Stone, 5-year veteran, assigned to the Troop A District 5 patrol office located in Pitt County

In addition to the Highway Patrol, the following agencies were involved in this incident; Martin County Sheriff's Department, Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department, Tarboro Police Department and Robersonville Police Department.

The State Bureau of Investigation (S.B.I.) is the lead investigating agency into this incident and is on-going at this time.

U.S. Highway 64 in Edgecombe County is still closed.  All lanes are shut down in both directions.

For now, drivers should find alternate routes around Highway 64 west of Princeville at mile marker 478. The road will be closed until at least 6:30 Sunday night.
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