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UPDATE: Accident Victim Faces Charges After Gun Is Fired

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says the victim of an accident where a gun was fired from inside his car Monday night faces charges in the incident.

The sheriff's office identifies the driver as 36-year-old Jonathan Stephen Kremkau of Grimesland. They say after crashing his car north of the Grimesland Bridge he fired a handgun at least five times, shooting himself in the leg.

Kremkau is at PCMH recovering from his wounds, but authorities say he's charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill because he also fired the handgun at a motorist who stopped to help him and was walking towards his car.

Kremkau is also charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and possession with intent to sell and deliver. More charges are expected.

When asked why Kremkau started firing in the first place, Christy Wallace of the sheriff's Office said the case is still under investigation, but that he was "Irate and delusional while they were on scene."

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An accident victim suffered a gunshot wound when Pitt County Sheriff's officials say a pistol in his car went off during the crash.

The accident happened around 9:50 Monday night just north of the Grimesland Bridge Road Bridge when the driver lost control and struck the guardrail.

The sheriff's office says the driver, only identified as a 37-year-old Greenville man, was struck in the leg when the pistol went off. They believe the gun was under his seat at the time of the crash.

The sheriff's office says the man suffered non life-threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation.

Grimesland Bridge will be closed for several hours overnight but we're told that won't last all night.

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Several fire and emergency crews have been dispatched to an accident on Grimesland Bridge Road where a vehicle is on its side and a person pinned in.

Traffic is being blocked off at Sticks Road while crews respond to the accident.

The call came in around 10:00 Monday night of an accident just north of the bridge on Grimesland Bridge Road. Fire crews, EMS and the Pitt County Sheriff's Office are all on scene.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for the latest information on this developing story.


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