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Deputy Uninjured After Cruiser Struck 10 Times By Gunfire

An Edgecombe County patrol car was riddled with bullets after lawmen say a man opened fire on them this morning.

Sheriff James Knight says the deputy was not injured and the suspected gunman was captured a short time later.

Marquan Underhill is being held in the Edgecombe County Detention Center. The 22-year-old Rocky Mount man is charged with attempted first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, injury to personal property for shooting a patrol vehicle, domestic criminal trespassing, and possession of a stolen firearm. .

Knight says it began as a domestic complaint at Country Estates Mobile Home Park where Underhill was outside with a shotgun. The woman thought Underhill, who is her ex-boyfriend, had left. But when the deputy arrived he spotted the man without the shotgun. Knight says Underhill turned and pulled a pistol out of his pants pocket and opened fire.

The deputy ducked behind his cruiser, which was hit with ten bullets. He returned fire, but no one was hit.

Knight says Underhill ran into some nearby woods and deputies later found and arrested him.

Underhill has a previous record for assault on female and resisting an officer. He was given probation and a suspended sentence for those convictions.


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