Suspect in fatal Smithfield shooting considered ‘dangerous,’ police say

Johnston County News

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) – A 39-year-old was killed Thursday in what Smithfield police said was not a random act.

CBS 17 was told police found a man shot to death inside his home on Forbes Drive.

Police identified the victim as 39-year-old David Callejas Arroyo.

Smithfield police released a description of the suspect as:

A dark-skinned male, approximately 5 foot 3 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds with a “full scruffy beard”. The suspect was last seen wearing a black hat with red writing on it, black windbreaker and blue jeans.

Police said this was not a random act and the suspect should be considered dangerous.

Neighbors say that man lived in the home with his wife and three small children. They say the family seemed nice and pretty much kept to themselves, but some neighbors also say this isn’t the first time they’ve seen police outside of this home.

Alfonza Richardson woke up this morning to find police cars lining his normally quiet block. The crime scene was his next-door neighbor’s home.

“Oh I ain’t know what was going on because that’s the first time I’ve seen so many police in this area,” Richardson said.

Smithfield police responded to the home a little before 10 a.m.

They found Arroyo shot to death.

“It’s very quiet over in this area so that’s very shocking,” said Richardson. “You know cause nothing goes down in this area, but you never know what’s going on with these people.”

“They be [sic] playing right in the front area mostly,” Richardson said of Arroyo’s kids. “They be running from there to here, my yard to their yard. Three kids, two boys, and one girl.”

Richardson says the kids are elementary-aged. He also says he saw Arroyo’s wife leave in a police car this morning.

“I don’t know what’s gonna happen to them,” Richardson said. “If she did hurt her husband, I don’t know.”

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