Onslow County Man Suspect In Chase, Police Shooting

An Onslow County man is in custody after deputies say he led police on a multi-county chase Tuesday morning and shot an officer in the leg.

William Welton, Jr. is a painter from Stella. Police say it started in Wilkes County around midnight when Welton drove through a traffic checkpoint. They chased Wleton down Interstate 77 into Statesville. Police say his car was stopped and Welton is accused of firing shots at one trooper before running into the woods.

Hours later they captured Welton after a shootout where both he and and a Iredell County detective were shot. That detective has been released from the hospital.

Onslow County authorities say Welton was shot twice. Records show has been confined twice for multiple traffic violations including speeding to elude, reckless driving, driving while licenses revoked, and other traffic offenses.

When Welton is released, deputies say they plan to charge him with attempted first-degree murder, felony assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury with the intent to kill.


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  • by nancy on Aug 26, 2009 at 03:57 AM
    you are respondsible for everything you do and everything you say period~~~ no excuses~~~~!!!!!!
  • by Mike on Aug 26, 2009 at 03:18 AM
    Concern, I dont care if he is ur son or not. Yes i have done some wrong things in my life but hell i can't say that i have ever shot at a cop or even ran from one for that matter! As a matter of fact i am a cop and i see people like this everday! This guy has a history of running from the cops and driving with no license.And he was carring a GUN! Come on for gods sake, like it has anything to do with the way he was dressed... How bout the way he acts. I will be surprised if the NAACP doesn't get in on this. This is exactly what happens. Parents or not you will step up and defend him to ur death and when it comes to trial people are going to forget what a thug he is and give him a slap on the wrist and send him on his way.... That is why people do what they do b/c they know there isnt much consequences to what they do... Harsher punishment to me means less crime. If someone knows they will DIE for killing somone else they will think twice about doin it. Anyway that is my opion!
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Aug 25, 2009 at 07:40 PM
    I get my daily supply of laughter off of comments like the one Jennifer posted. "He is not a thug, he was at the wrong place at the wrong time and made a bad decision." I say, string him up.
  • by concern on Aug 25, 2009 at 07:06 PM
    you people can judge all you want especially when you dont even know this person. Im not saying what happened was right but something drove him to what happened today. he is not a violent person he only has traffic voliations so where do you people get off judging him and condeming without knowning what happened to cause him to do what he did. His family are thankful that the officer is ok and that no one seriously got hurt. i pray that he gets the help he needs and deserves/ you all act like you are better than him like you have never done anything wrong in your lives what happened to this young man should of never happened hes a good guy and hes not a thug!!!/that young man is my son!!!! but its people like you who judge and assume hes a bad person because of the way hes dressed.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Aug 25, 2009 at 05:02 PM
    LOL @ wrong place, wrong time... He is nothing but a pure thug wanna-be! To badd the shots from the detective did not save the tax payers alot of money on upcoming trials and the "he had a bad childhood" liberal statements.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 25, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    jennifer, you are right, wrong place, wrong time, bad decision to use a gun. New decision long jail sentence and you will not see him free for a long time. I hope.
  • by Mike on Aug 25, 2009 at 04:33 PM
    Jennifer, Wrong place wrong time my butt! Stop and look at his record, he had a lot of Wrong place wrong times, I dont believe it for a sec. This guy needs to be delt with seriously and be made an example of! A judge needs to give this guy like 20 yrs for attemp. murder of a Police Officer!
  • by jennifer Location: ny on Aug 25, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    First off Chas hes not a thug he was jus at the wrong place at the wrong time and made a bad decision.
  • by K-man Location: Kinston on Aug 25, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    So how many more chances does this guy get? Enough is enough. This is why convicted murders need to be done away with, so they have room in jails for guys like this.
  • by Chas Location: G'vagas on Aug 25, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    Well, you go cops! One less Thug on the streets! To bad he is cute! Messed up his hole life. Now not only you have to pay, but your family as well. Prayers go out to the mother and father of this thug.
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