Update: Teen Arrested In Police Shooting Out Of Jail

A teenager, who police say fired on an officer Thursday, is out of jail.

Jermaine Roberson was arrested Friday night on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, possession of a handgun by a minor and resisting a public officer.

Jail records show the 16-year-old had a $50,000 secured bond and was released later that night. Roberson is scheduled to make a first court appearance on Monday.

Police say Roberson ran from a SUV that they stopped in front of the Weyerhauser facility on Hanrahan Road early Thursday.

Chief Warren Morrisette says Roberson fired a shot at the police officer. Morrisette says Corporal Kenneth Todd returned fire and hit the suspect in the leg. Police say Roberson continued running and disappeared into the woods.

Todd is on paid leave pending the conclusion of an SBI investigation into the shooting.


A 16-year-old, who was wounded after police say he shot at them Thursday, is now wanted by lawmen.

Grifton police say they have warrants against Jermaine Roberson. Police say the teen was shot in the leg after firing on an officer.

The warrants charge Roberson with assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, possession of a handgun by a minor and resisting a public officer.

Police say Roberson ran from a SUV that they stopped in front of the Weyerhauser facility on Hanrahan Road.

Chief Warren Morrisette says Roberson fired a shot at the police officer. Morrisette says Corporal Kenneth Todd returned fire and hit the suspect in the leg. Police say Roberson continued running and disappeared into the woods.

Roberson was treated and released from Pitt County Memorial Hospital Thursday, but police said they delayed charging the teen until the SBI investigation into the shooting could be complete.


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A 16-year-old has been treated at a hospital after getting shot by a police officer.

A Pitt County Memorial Hospital spokesman says Jermaine Roberson was released from the hospital this morning.

The State Bureau of Investigation is now handling the probe into the Thursday shooting. Grifton police chief Warren Morrisette says Roberson will not be charged until the SBI completes its investigation.

Morrisette tells WITN the shooting happened around 1 a.m. Thursday on the access road to the Weyerhauser facility on Hanrahan Road.

Corporal Kenneth Todd has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

It is standard practice for the SBI to handle investigations of shootings involving law enforcement and for those officers to be placed on paid leave.

Chief Morrisette says Todd pulled over a blue Toyota 4-Runner because it matched the description of a vehicle involved in another shooting that had just occurred on Water St. in Grifton.

Police say Roberson ran from the vehicle and fired a shot at the police officer. Morrisette says Todd returned fire and hit the suspect in the leg. Police say Roberson continued running and disappeared into the woods.

His mother, who spoke with WITN, says she doesn't believe her son did anything wrong.

Chief Morrisette says Roberson went to Pitt County Memorial Hospital on his own for treatment.

There were four other people in the 4-Runner that the teen ran from, police say. They are now being questioned by police.

The shooting also impacted people who work at Weyerhauser.

The overnight shift, which usually has 50 workers, was not allowed to leave the facility when their shift ended at 3:30 a.m.

The 100 workers who were on their way to start their shift in the morning were held at a nearby gas station. Police opened up the access road around 7:30 a.m. so the employees could leave and enter the plant.


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  • by Rich Location: Greenville on Jul 7, 2009 at 08:28 PM
    WITN, why did you put this story from last month back up here? Are you trying to cause even more racial tension in our area? The last comment on this story was made on June 27th which shows that it has not been posted in some while yet here it is again.
  • by Black Woman Location: lagrange on Jun 27, 2009 at 04:13 PM
    To "Bon" and "Anonymous on Jun26,2009@1:02pm".Yall must didn't read my statement correctly especially you "bon" I could care less what color the child was.The point is he did something that was wrong.No matter if I use color or not that's a fact.So grow up,get up off my back, and just know if your/my child he/she will be punish no matter what color they are.So do yall get it now.'YES'I thought so, you got it then If not you would not have been so agrresive.I don't care what color you are "Anonymous"believe me I have been working in the Medical field long enough to know we all bleed the same color blood. So have a nice day and be proud of your race like me."BLACK" Woman,African American,That's Me.(lol to you.)
  • by bon Location: Greenville on Jun 26, 2009 at 05:03 PM
    To black woman; if u dont want a racist country, than stop using race as a card. seriously, we're all american, and we all need to stand as one.
  • by hey tyrell! on Jun 26, 2009 at 01:39 PM
    social injustice exists in many forms and is not just exclusive to black people. in america you actually have the choice to use the social injustices inflicted upon 'your people' as a crutch to keep you from fulfilling your potential. OR, you can say 'hey i know, im going to focus on MY goals without worrying about anyone else. its going to be hard, but since its MY life, I'm going to do it.' you are an individual, and if you act like one; one who is responsible for his destiny, you will overcome what you think is socially impossible. you dont have to be like white people to be successful, you just have to focus on your dream in life and leave the 'social injustices' to all the other people who would rather lie around and complain. you will do more for 'your people' by setting an example than you will by simply getting angry and venting it on this post (not even to anyones face). i think this applies to every person, black, white, oppressed or not. we all have somethng to overcome
  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    Hey black woman. I know that all African American people don't act and think alike. But there you again using race. If you want to leave race out of it, stop talking about it. Can you just be an American like the rest of us? Or do you have to be an African American? What does that make the rest of the people in this great country? I guess I would be German American. I’m Italian too. Does that make me an Italian American now? Man, I forgot. I have American Indian blood also. What am I black woman? I'm American, just like you. I do not care what color you are. I don't care if you’re fat, skinny, smart or an idiot. I don't care what color the cop is, or the kid that did the shooting. Nothing in the article mentioned race. But this so-called boy was wrong. Why can’t people stop looking at color/race and just be Americans.
  • by Jackson Location: Deep Run on Jun 26, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    He was a good kid. He just made a bad decision. It was very out of character for him to do this............. BS. He was a thug that will get his one day. Either in Jail from Bubba or on the streets and next time the shooter will shoot to kill.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jun 26, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    few questions here for the mother, where was she when this happened and before it happened? who's vehicle was he in? they had to know he had a gun because of earlier reports of this vehicle driving by and shooting! where is the father of this thug? what has he got to say? they always told us in BLET that if you shoot the worst possible person in the world that no matter what he/she done they were the best thing that ever happened to thier parents, him/her being born. it's time that the parents stop blaming everyone else and acknowledge the truth. it might hurt, but when you try and uphold them in wrong it will hurt them later. tough love? yes. need more drive by whoopins than drive by shootings!!
  • by Tyrell Location: greenville on Jun 25, 2009 at 08:52 PM
    ive had a change of heart...! i am tired of always causing drama, and blaming everything on everyone else..it's how i was raised. if i only had a job you good folks wouldn't have to pay for me... but the way i see it..being born in america means that i have to do nothing except accepting a monthly check from those who r working for me...thanks guys!!!
  • by Rich Location: Greenville on Jun 25, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    You just got bad info, Nikki. If you heard this from him then I'm sure he's telling the same lie to his family and they're just buying into it and enabling him for future actions like this one. It will all come out.
  • by to black woman on Jun 25, 2009 at 07:43 PM
    thankyou for your post. there are alot of people on here that havent joined the 21st century and still think its okay to be racist and stereotype. alot of people posting seem to be really excited about the fact that the criminal is black, like it makes them happy to have something to go off about. anyways, youre right, kids do make wrong choices no matter what theyre taught, and its the hardest thing ever to see them drowning in that wrong and not be able to do anything about it. it happens to people of all colors, but usually the common denominator is that they are poor and/or involved in drugs. its sad, and im sorry about your brother. people ought to be focused on a solution rather than get hopped up on racial blame. by the way WITN, there is a post by DS that should not be allowed on.
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