911 Call Gives Insight On Possible Motive In Father Murder

A just released 911 call gives more insight on a possible motive into last week's murder of a Greenville man.

Benjamin Shields III was found dead in his Coleman Road home last Wednesday evening. His son, Benjamin Shields IV has been charged with the murder.

Greenville police have released a 911 call made by the victim's wife who is the suspect's step-mother. She told dispatchers that her daughter called, saying her step-son had shot her husband.

Dispatch: "Okay, have they been having problems?" Caller: "Yes, and we had allowed him to come back home, tryin' to help him get back on his feet. And he had been doing well. I don't know what happened today." Dispatch: "Oh, okay. What is your son's name?" Caller: "Benjamin Shields IV." Dispatch: "Does he have mental problems, or just having some general problems?" Caller: "Just some general problems, you know. Son don't wanna do as the father asks. That type thing, you know."

Shields later turned himself in. He is scheduled to be back in court November 1st, while police have yet to announce a motive in the murder.

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The man accused of gunning down his own father in Greenville has made his first court appearance on the charge of murder.

Benjamin Shields IV appeared in court at the Pitt County Detention Center Thursday morning and was returned to jail under a $1 million bond. His next court date is scheduled for November 1.

Shields turned himself in Wednesday evening, a few hours after police believe he shot his father in his Coleman Dr. home in Greenville.

Police say they don't have information on a motive for the fatal shooting at this time.


Greenville Police say Benjamin Shields IV is charged with one open count of murder in the death of his father, Benjamin Shields III who was found dead in his home on Coleman Drive just before 5:00 p.m Wednesday.

Police say Benjamin Shields IV surrendered to officers at the Greenville Police Department shortly after 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. He was arrested and taken to the Pitt County Detention Center at approximately 9:00 p.m., where he is being held without bond pending his first appearance in court Thursday.

No apparent motive yet has been provided yet for the fatal shooting.

Greenville Police released a few new details Wednesday night about a homicide about 4:50 pm at 2140 Coleman Drive where neighbors reported shots had been fired in the home. Upon arrival police say officers found 59-year-old Benjamin Shields III dead inside, from what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene and began to canvass the area for information. Forensics personnel are processing the home for evidence. Police expect to continue processing the crime scene through the night.

Detectives are conducting interviews at this hour and have developed significant leads, but police say no suspect information will be released at this time.

Greenville Police say 59 year-old Benjamin Shields III was found dead inside his home at 2140 Coleman Drive about 5:00 p.m. Wednesday right after neighbors reported hearing gunfire.
Police say this is a homicide and is not considered a random act.

Police say they have good leads, but have not announced an arrest.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this breaking news story.

Greenville police say they are investigating a shooting that happened late this afternoon.

Officers are in the 2100 block of Coleman Drive, that's in the Bedford Village subdivision off East Fire Tower Road.

Sgt. Joe Friday confirms one person has been shot. A neighbor tells WITN News that she saw a body being brought out of the home. Those neighbors say police are using K9s to search the area.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.

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