UPDATE: Man On Run After Ayden Shootings Arrested

The third and final suspect wanted in an attempted murder and a shots fired case in Ayden is now under arrest.

Defonte Williams, 21, was arrested Wednesday morning. Ayden police say they were assisted by the U.S. Marshals and the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.

Williams has been wanted since April 16 when police say shots were fired into a home on Allen Drive along with the shooting of a man at the intersection of East Barwick and Williams.

Two people were arrested the morning after those violent crimes: 18-year-old Acor Jones of Grifton and 20-year-old Brandon Bryant of Ayden.

Williams was booked under a $6 million bond.

Ayden Police Chief Barry Stanley says he believes the shootings were gang-related.



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Two people were being booked for a pair of shootings police believe are gang-related in the Pitt County town of Ayden Thursday morning.

Ayden Police Chief Barry Stanley says 18-year-old Acor Jones of Grifton and 20-year-old Brandon Bryant of Ayden were arrested early Thursday for shootings that happened Wednesday night. Chief Stanley says a third suspect is on the run.

Stanley says police were called when shots were fired into a home on Allen Drive in Ayden around 6 p.m. Wednesday. No one was injured in the home, and police collected shell casings from the street. A witness helped police identify a suspect through a photo line-up, and Chief Stanley says that led to developing two more suspects. Ayden police obtained warrants on the three suspects for the charges of attempted first degree murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Around 10 p.m., police say there was another shooting, but this time a man was injured. A man from Kinston was shot in the shoulder at the intersection of East Barwick and Williams. He was taken to Vidant Medical Center. Police say shell casings from that crime scene were consistent with the casings from the shots fired on Allen Drive.

Chief Stanley says they developed a suspect vehicle and learned it was often seen in Grifton. A Grifton police officer spotted the car around midnight at 509 Charles St. Ayden police coordinated with Grifton police and the Pitt County Sheriff's Office to try to arrest the suspects. Despite being able to see people in the home, Chief Stanley says no one would answer the door. That's when the Greenville Police Emergency Response Team was called. Around 6 a.m., the team started calling for people to come out of the house using a PA system. After several commands, Chief Stanley says people came out of the home, including two of the three shooting suspects.

Police have not yet released the name of the suspect they're still looking for. Jones and Bryant were being booked into the jail Thursday morning. We'll update you with more details on their arrests when that information becomes available.


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