A woman who was the subject of a Silver Alert out of Winston-Salem was shot and killed by law enforcement Sunday morning following a vehicle chase in Edgecombe County. Officials say the woman pointed a weapon at officers.
According to the Highway Patrol, 60-year-old Melissa Jenkins of Winston-Salem was spotted by the Robersonville Police Department driving a white Jeep Grand Cherokee on Highway 64 West. A silver alert issued on March 29th by the Winston-Salem Police Department for Jenkins, said that she was operating a vehicle of similar description and was possibly heading to Manteo. Silver Alerts are issued for persons believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Officials say that police attempted to stop Jenkins, and that’s when pursuit began. Jenkins traveled into Edgecombe County where troopers and other law enforcement agencies were requested to assist. At around 10:40 a.m., Jenkins pulled onto the shoulder at mile marker 482 due to a flat tire. Officials say that Jenkins was armed with multiple weapons and was ordered to exit the vehicle but failed to respond to those commands.
Law enforcement personnel tirelessly tried to negotiate with Jenkins to surrender but were unsuccessful, according to officials.
Officials say that around 11:45 a.m., Jenkins got out of the vehicle and pointed a weapon directly at law enforcement. Law enforcement returned fire, striking Jenkins.
Two Troopers have been placed on administrative leave:
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 SBI is leading the investigation into the incident.
A situation involving law enforcement in the east shut down a portion of Highway 64 in Edgecombe County.
That’s according to an alert sent out by the NC Department of Transportation. DOT says that Highway 64 is closed eastbound near Kingsboro Road, that’s exit 478 due to “Police Activity”. The incident started around 11:03 this morning.
A detour is being provided.
We are awaiting information from the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office.