Gun Turned In Where Man Is Accused Of Shooting Wife And At Lawmen

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says it has the gun a man used to shoot his wife and then turn on lawmen.

The sheriff's office says a family member of 38-year-old Luther Simpson turned in the 44 Caliber western type single action handgun with a 6" barrel.

Lawmen say Simpson shot his wife in the thigh in their home on Cypress Creek Road, near the Duplin County line. Lawmen say Simpson then fired four shots at deputies responding to the domestic dispute, but hit their car.

Tuesday morning a district court judge set his bond at $505,000 and scheduled his next court date for June 14th.

Officials say Simpson's teenage daughter told officials her father was threatening to shoot her family and himself. Simpson's wife is expected to be okay.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says Simpson suffers from Schizophrenia.



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Onslow County deputies are searching for a man who they say shot his wife and then turned the gun on lawmen as they arrived at his house.

Luther Simpson is wanted on two counts of attempted murder for shooting at the deputies, second degree kidnapping of his wife, malicious assault in secret, assault on a female, and assault with a deadly weapon with serious injury.

It happened at Simpson's Cypress Creek Road home around 12:20 a.m. Monday.

Deputies say Simpson's daughter called saying he was going to shoot her mother, Juanita. They say Simpson shot his wife in the thigh.

When Sgt. Tom Garcia and trainee Deputy Jeff West arrived they were met with four gunshots. Three rounds hit the passenger-side door, while a fourth punctured the passenger-side tire of their cruiser. Neither deputy was injured.

Sheriff Ed Brown says the 38-year-old Simpson has a prior history of violence and should be considered armed and dangerous. Brown says Simpson suffers from schizophrenia and had been drinking that night..


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  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 25, 2011 at 06:45 PM
    Any person with mental issues that requires medication, should not be allowed to own, possess, or be around a firearm.
  • by Joy Location: NC on May 24, 2011 at 09:33 PM
    She married this nut case? How Stupid!
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      by Anonymous on May 25, 2011 at 06:50 PM in reply to Joy
      People with schizophrenia arent often DX until later on. Its progressive and sometimes it strikes in the 20s or even as late as 30s or 40s. You dont always just go to bed fine and wake up later with the disease. Most likely it happened after they married. Joy....unless you read your research and think about what you say I suggest you go in to a hole and hide, but I do respect your right to free speech and your opinion so yeh...go on and sound like the ignorant, mad woman we all here see you to be
  • by feelthedaughterpain on May 24, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    I have a father with schizophrenia and I remember them days of him waving his gun(s) claiming his family was out to destroy him, and how he was going to kill my mother and himself and make me watch, and it would be all my fault, and I'll call the police they would came check his vitals and leave, like they were just waiting for the shooting to start.smh
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      by bs on May 25, 2011 at 01:37 AM in reply to feelthedaughterpain
      checking the vitals is just protocol that rescue workers have to do. If a person does not show the type conditions you are talking about infront of ems or police then they can not force the person to do anything. It is then up to the family member that witnessed the out burst to take out involintary commitment papers not the police.
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        by feelthedaughterpain on May 25, 2011 at 09:57 AM in reply to bs
        So are you saying I'm lying, actually my father worked for the city for 35 years and was well known,so it was like ole buddies getting together for a picnic once the ems and police got there. And we would get him committed, hide the guns, he come back home back to his normal self, all would be forgotten, he would get his guns back or go buy more and a month later he would be holding us hostage again. I was actually thinking of killing him at one point.
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          by Anonymous on May 25, 2011 at 06:55 PM in reply to feelthedaughterpain
          I agree with both of you. This is a terrible disease that causes just as much pain for the family as the person that has it goes through. Im sorry "feelthedaughterpain" for the pain that you must have endured over the years. And you know that after committing over and over again that it does become very hard to feel safe around someone like that. Im sorry to hear about all of this, but to agree also with "bs" you were there: you saw them commit him over and over and sometimes things just do not work, whether it be meds, committing, or anything at all. Sometimes people just cannot take it anymore, but I do ask you-if you had killed him you would probably be in jail/prison so I question you...if committing didnt work and just checking his vitals didnt work...then what do you suggest?
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          by feelthedaughterpain on May 25, 2011 at 07:49 PM in reply to feelthedaughterpain
          To Anonymous on May 25, 2011 at 09:55 PM, that's a good question and I defiantly don't know the answer. I say every one should leave' them once they become a serious danger and let them take their self "out" if that's what they want to do.
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    Heart of gold hahhaaahaaaaa
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      by bs on May 25, 2011 at 01:40 AM in reply to
      Have you ever seen the old pictures or shows of the miners during the gold rush? gold causes greed and insanity, hence: heart of gold
  • by Mom Location: Greenville on May 24, 2011 at 01:03 PM
    For all those commenting on how this women and these children were abused... Hold YOURSELVES accountable because YOU should have reported this. If you did, make it known so the state can be held accountable. If you knew and did nothing, YOU are no better than him.
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      by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 07:34 PM in reply to Mom
      DSS and the SO were called to this home all the time. DSS don't do any good when they call ahead of time and say they are coming.
  • by imperfect world Location: people are people on May 24, 2011 at 09:18 AM
    have a sister with bipolar disorder. mental illness is a bit%&. all you can do is try to keep them stable and functional. 1 out of 5 of us have some mental disorder- some worse than others.
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      by turtle on May 24, 2011 at 09:58 AM in reply to imperfect world
      Your comment about(mental disorders&some worse than others):Can I use that as a defence,to get out of paying a seatbelt ticket?
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        by fruitcake on May 24, 2011 at 10:26 AM in reply to turtle
        get a lawyer and give it a try. if that's considered a moving violation, try hard or pay more for insurance. or, the judge may be a fruitcake too and let you off if he's in a good mood.
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        by Mike on May 24, 2011 at 04:12 PM in reply to turtle
        Just tell the officer that you only had it off to retrieve the beer bottle that feel on the passenger floor board. OR tell him you were connecting your cell phone to the charger.
  • by REALLY? Location: ENC on May 24, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    I am glad that no one got hurt. I am sure that some will find my comment today a little surprising given the nature of past post, but I used to be a CO, and I have worked on road patrol. I was shot in the chest by a guy like this, and he is lucky to still be alive, as is this guy. But the sad reality is that the disorder that he suffers from does make him irrational. He needs to be in a psychiatric facility where he can recieve the mental health services that he needs. If you put him in general population in a jail or prison, you are asking for trouble. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family that suffered through this, and to the deputies that were shot at, and I am greatful that no one was killed.
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      by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 02:10 PM in reply to REALLY?
      someone was hurt, didnt you read the story?
  • by me on May 24, 2011 at 05:42 AM
    I am sorry, but he SHOT someone. Mentally ill or not, he needs to be put away so that he won't harm anyone else, including himself. I agree the nasty remarks are uncalled for, but they are just words. He used bullets, which are by far more dangerous. He needs to be medicated.
  • by Defending him on May 24, 2011 at 04:16 AM
    I am sure many people would be quick to defend him if he killed one of their relatives. I am sorry, mental illness is no excuse for anyhting. Everyone states the mentally ill should be treated like everyone else when it comes to society, but when it comes to anti-social behavior they want to be catered to. Tough. It is obviouse that anyone that turns a gun on another human is not thinking clearly (or as a normal person does) so should we let them all off. Save us all the time and tax payer money and give him the needle. If ever released he will probably do it all again.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 09:16 PM
    schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder. If any one of the diseases should be considered the worst its schizophrenia. This man is probably paranoid and terrified and running for his life, then again maybe not, but the point is that it is a terrible debilitating disease the NEVER gets better. It only stabilizes and maintains. I hope this family can find this man the help he needs and that everyone comes out ok in the end...ok folks get your mental disability sticks out and start your ignorant bashing...funny I beat you to the point because you are all so predictable
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      by ANON on May 24, 2011 at 05:27 AM in reply to
      I have a son that came home from Iraq diagnosed with it. Yes it it "harness and controlled. The thing that we seem to makes things better for him is our willingness to listen to him when he brings up concerns. Support, not bashing is needed. Thank you for this comment. Good Day!
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        by Anonymous on May 25, 2011 at 06:47 PM in reply to ANON
        You're so welcome. What people need to realize is that Schizophrenia is a disease that affects the FAMILY as much as the person with it. You have to tame the disease, but a HUGE part of education to the families and clients is to make sure that the person is ok BUT MAKE SURE THE FAMILY IS OK as well! It is a HUGE strain on peoples lives and stressful situations such as PARANOIA, FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES, ETC all stimulate the ability for someone EVEN ON MEDICATION to relapse. Its hard times. As I said, I hope he gets help, and the family gets the help they need to take care of themselves as well as their loved one. Again, thoughts and prayers go out to you.
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