NEW INFO: Marine accused in Jacksonville chase appears before judge

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A Marine accused of leading police on a chase and attempting to run down an officer made his first appearance in court Monday morning.

Brandon Henry faces several charges after what happened in Jacksonville late Wednesday night.

Police say a chase started with Camp Lejeune Police, but then ran into Jacksonville city limits. Officers say Henry tried to hit Officer Jan Friis with his car who then shot at the car, hitting Henry but missing his wife.

The judge on Monday sent Henry back to jail under a $100,000 bond. He will appear in court again for a preliminary hearing on December 15.


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The wife of a Marine who is accused of leading police on a chase and attempting to run down an officer says her husband was rushing her to the hospital.

Brandon Henry is facing several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon against a government official, and fleeing or eluding arrest.

Jacksonville police say Henry was driving a vehicle that was first being chased by Camp Lejeune police.

The Wednesday night chase ended up in the city, and investigators said officers initially tried to stop the car near Corbin Road and Huff Drive. Police say the driver suddenly stepped on the gas, speeding straight toward Officer Jan Friis. Police said that officer shot at the car.

Jennifer Henry said she was unconscious in the car as her husband was trying to get her to the hospital. She says her husband was hit by one of the bullets in his arm, while another came close to hitting her. "One bullet came through the front window, the windshield and the other came in the passenger side, right behind my head, close to the door."

Henry, who says she was medically discharged from the Marines, told WITN's Rachael Cardin that both she and her husband suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. She says her husband told her he initially stopped for police, and then had a panic attack. Henry says her husband was only trying to go around the policeman when the officer opened fire.

The Marine remains in jail and is scheduled to go before a judge Monday morning.


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A Marine from Camp Lejeune has been charged after a high speed chase ended up with an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night.

Brandon Henry is facing several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon against a government official, and fleeing or eluding arrest.

Jacksonville police say Henry was driving a vehicle that was first being chased by Camp Lejeune police.

The chase ended up in the city, and investigators said officers initially tried to stop the car near Corbin Road and Huff Drive when the driver stepped on the gas, speeding straight toward the officer. Police said that officer shot at the car.

The 21-year-old Henry and a passenger were sent to Onslow Memorial Hospital and later released, according to Chief Mike Yaniero.

Yaniero says Henry has been the only person charged as a result of the chase.

The SBI is investigating the officer-involved shooting, while the officer has been placed on administrative leave. Warrants identify the officer as Jan Friis.

Henry remains in the Onslow County jail.


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Two people are in the hospital as police are working to figure out why the pair led officers on a chase from Camp Lejeune.

Jacksonville Police said a few minutes before 10 p.m. Wednesday, officers were called to help catch a car speeding away from Camp Lejeune police.

Investigators said officers initially tried to stop the car near Corbin Road and Huff Drive when the driver stepped on the gas, speeding straight toward the officer. Police said that officer shot at the car.

We know both the driver and passenger were taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital, and Chief Mike Yaniero said no one was seriously hurt during the incident.

It was not immediately clear if the driver and passenger were hurt as a result of a wreck or the shots fired by the officer.

Police are investigating the chase and shooting with the State Bureau of Investigation and Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

The JPD officer involved in the shooting has been put on administrative leave as the investigation continues.


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Jacksonville police have a road blocked off as they responded to a call Wednesday night around 10:00 p.m.

The exact nature of what is going on is unknown. Police are not commenting at the moment.

We do know Huff Drive in the area of Summer Creek Drive & Corbin Street is blocked off.

WITN has a reporter on the scene and we will update you with any new information as we get it.