UPDATE: Carteret County man appears on attempted murder charge involving deputy

Published: Jan. 15, 2021 at 10:03 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 3, 2021 at 11:52 AM EST
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CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A man the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office says tried to murder a deputy who was responding to a mental health crisis went before a judge for the first time Wednesday morning.

Hal Humphrey, Jr. is charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Investigators say Humphrey fired a handgun several times into 31-year-old Deputy Howard Schamel’s patrol car when he arrived at the area of Blueberry Kennel Road on January 15th.

The deputy took cover and returned fire.

“In this instance, our deputy didn’t have any time to attempt to de-escalate the situation, he wasn’t even able to get out of his patrol car to make contact with this individual before the suspect actually started firing a firearm at our deputy.”

Carteret County Sheriff, Asa Buck

Neither person was injured.

The judge ordered Humphrey to be held on a $1-million secured bond.

He was given a court-appointed attorney and has a next court date set for February 12th. Humphrey was also charged with three counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied property and one felony count of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

“You used to go years without hearing about an assault or a shooting a law enforcement officer, but now, it seems like it’s a weekly occurrence and in my office we take these charges very seriously.”

Carteret County District Attorney, Scott Thomas

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According to the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, a man fired shots at a Carteret County deputy Friday, forcing him to take cover and return fire.

The deputies responded to calls of a man suffering from a mental health crisis in the Blueberry Kennel Road area near the Straits community.

Deputies say that Hal Humphries Jr, of New Bern, used a handgun to fire multiple shots into one deputy’s vehicle when he arrived at the scene.

The deputy said he had to seek cover and return fire during a stand-off.

Neither Humphrey nor the deputy were injured in the gunfire exchange, but deputies took Humphrey into custody for attempted murder of a deputy following the stand-off.

The incident remains under active investigation, and deputies say there is no known threat to the public.

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