Elizabeth City police arrest murder suspect after traffic stop

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Elizabeth City, NC Police

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – Elizabeth City police said a suspect was arrested and charged with the murder of a man.

In a press release, police said that on Monday at 3:24 p.m. they acted on a tip and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Persse Street.

During the traffic stop, officers talked to 38-year-old Curtis Donnell Brinkley, and took him to the police station for further investigation.

Police said Brinkley allegedly shot 40-year-old Eric Eugene Johnson Sr., of Newport Avenue, in the 900 block of Hunter Street around 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Johnson Sr. was taken to Sentara Albemarle Hospital for treatment, where he later died from his injuries.

Brinkley was arrested and charged with murder.

He is being held on no bond in the Albemarle District Jail.

His first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday in Pasquotank County District Court.


(WAVY) Police are searching for a person of interest after finding a 40-year-old man who had been shot Saturday night.

Elizabeth City Police say they were notified about the man with a gunshot wound in the 900 block of Hunter Street around 7 p.m.

The victim was transported to Sentara Albemarle Hospital. Police identified him as Eric Eugene Johnson.

Police say they’re looking for 38-year-old Curtis Donnell Brinkley as a person of interest, but the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 252-335-4321 or call the Elizabeth City Crime Line at 252-335-5555.

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