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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  • by REM Location: ENC on Dec 5, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    And why don't we hang people anymore? Do you know how much money we would could save? The law enforcement can't be expected to do an adequate job when the judicial system lets them go right after the cuffs are taken off!
  • by Joey Location: Rocky Mt. on Dec 3, 2010 at 06:32 PM
    There may not be room in the prisons but there is room in the ground !!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2010 at 07:01 PM
    What the heck?? Who taught this boy that you should shoot at a police car?? NAACP needs to quit looking at school systems and equitable class ratios and look into why these young black boys think this is ok.
  • by BMFD Location: Tarboro on Dec 1, 2010 at 09:57 AM
    Even though this was Edgecombe County, this was in not Tarboro. It was in Rocky Mount. RM is full of crime and gives surrounding areas a bad name. Are the still the city on the rise?
  • by me Location: here on Dec 1, 2010 at 09:17 AM
    It's too bad there wasn't a legally armed citizen around who could have assisted the deputy in taking care of business. If everyone who is legally able would exercise their right to own and carry a firearm, this type of scenario would decrease in occurrence.
  • by enc on Dec 1, 2010 at 04:22 AM
    This clown has a March 2011 court date, someone post who the DA, Attoney and Judge was who granted this!
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Nov 30, 2010 at 07:26 PM
    Let's count: 10 shots hit the cruiser, the officer returned fire, no one hit. Now that's Gun Control.
  • by concerned Location: Tarbodo on Nov 30, 2010 at 04:53 PM
    The system is worried about overcrowding in prisons, who cares, it is prison. They should put every one in one room no matter how full it is!!! Let the officers do there job to serve and PROTECT!
  • by my view Location: Greenville on Nov 30, 2010 at 04:35 PM
    I just commented on the school lockdown story that the courts giving parole and suspended sentences.....and look. Prime example.
  • by Mike Location: Jax on Nov 30, 2010 at 02:48 PM
    As soon as the weapon came from this clowns pocket, "deadly intent". There is no reason this story should read that he was captured a short time later. It should read The SBI has been called to investigate the shooting. I agree with you LEO's. It is like sending Marines to war where they need to have a signed "permission slip" to return live fire. I listen to Police radio calls and now fully understand why domestic disturbance get back up rolling quick. Glad the deputy is well.
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