UPDATE: Man involved in Highway 24 standoff dies after shooting himself
CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A three-hour standoff on a major highway ended after a man got out of his vehicle and shot himself.
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office says that Richard Murphrey, 35, of Gloucester, has died.
The standoff had been taking place on Highway 24 outside of Morehead City.
Deputies say that Murphrey was wanted for being a habitual felon, carrying a concealed weapon, and numerous drug charges.
The initial search for him prompted the lockdowns of seven different schools.
Murphrey was spotted driving on Highway 24 when they pulled him over near Paradise Lane.
The highway was shut down as negotiators worked to talk to the man.
FRIDAY MORNING STORY:
Deputies have shut down a busy Carteret County highway after a wanted man is refusing to get out of his vehicle.
Richard Murphrey is wanted on warrants for being a habitual felon, carrying a concealed weapon, and numerous drug charges.
Seven different schools in Carteret County were put on lockdown as deputies were searching for him earlier today.
The lockdown was lifted after deputies learned that Murphrey was no longer in the area.
Deputies now say Murphrey was spotted on Highway 24 and deputies conducted a felony traffic stop near Paradise Lane. The sheriff’s office says all five lanes of the highway are shut down and negotiators are speaking with Murphrey.
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