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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