A suspect shot in a shootout with Cumberland County deputies Tuesday had been jailed and released two dozen times before, records show.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said Timothy Smith Jr. has been arrested 24 times.
The most violent, according to court documents, was a 2016 attempted murder charge. He was arrested for stabbing his girlfriend at the time and her son.
Records show the girlfriend dropped the charges.
District Attorney Billy West said that, in some domestic cases, the state can still move forward with the case, even without the victim. That didn’t happen in the 2016 stabbing case.
“In some domestic violence cases we can proceed without the victim and do, however, in others there is not enough evidence without their testimony and participation,” West said in a statement.
It was a domestic call that brought deputies to the scene where Smith was shot. It’s a challenge that domestic violence counselors said is leading to repeat offenders.
Just before 3 a.m. Tuesday, a 911 call concerning a domestic disturbance was made from a residence on Armadillo Drive in Fayetteville.
The caller said Smith was knocking on her door.
Deputies said Smith shot at the responding deputy as he was getting out of his patrol vehicle.
The deputy returned fire and hit Smith.
Records also show Smith spent more than a year in prison for a 2013 drug charge.