Suspect runs from traffic stop, leaving gunshot victim behind, Cumberland County sheriff says

Cumberland County News

EUREKA SPRINGS, N.C. (WNCN) – Cumberland County deputies are searching for a person who jumped and ran from a traffic stop in Eureka Springs on Wednesday.

Sheriff Ennis Wright tweeted around 8:30 p.m. asking the public to stay away from Honeycutt and McArthur roads due to heavy police presence.

“It is important for the safety of the public to stay clear of the area and let Law Enforcement work,” Wright said.

Mugshot of Darrell Hunter provided by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.
Darrell Hunter. (Courtesy of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office)

A press release later said that deputies were patrolling the Eureka Springs neighborhood. They observed a drug transaction take place. Then, just after 7:51 p.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop on a Honda SXS1000 Utility Vehicle with three people inside.

The driver, identified as 31-year-old Darrell Stephen Hunter, of Hope Mills, jumped and ran. At the same time, the responding officers heard what they believed to be the sound of a gunshot or vehicle backfiring. They found a passenger — 31-year-old Jeremy Romon Mclean, of Hope Mills — in the back seat suffering from a gunshot, the release said.

Mclean was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover. Wright said the shooting was not officer-involved.

A female passenger also fled from the vehicle.

A gun, bag of marijuana, and a plastic bag containing a white powdery substance were recovered from the scene.

Deputies are currently searching for Hunter. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, red shorts, and red socks, the release said.

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