WARRENTON, N.C. (WNCN) — One man and three teens who are believed to be involved in a Wednesday night shootout with Franklin County sheriff’s deputies were apprehended Thursday by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
Warren County Sheriff John Branche told CBS 17 that the suspects are a 20-year-old, two 17-year-olds, and a 16-year-old. They have been turned over to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday night, the suspects abandoned their vehicle on the side of the road and fled into the woods off of N.C. 58 in Warren County. Information in the latter part of Thursday morning led Warren County deputies to their location and the four were apprehended without incident.
Franklin County Sheriff Kevin White said earlier Thursday that a major manhunt had been underway for possible Dollar General robbery suspects who he said shot at deputies Wednesday night.
White said deputies had surveillance set up at a Dollar General at 5977 N.C. 561 when they spotted a suspicious vehicle.
The suspects exited the vehicle and tried to enter the store, White said.
Deputies approached the suspects who returned to their car and opened fire at the deputies, according to White. Deputies returned fire. No one was injured, White said.
Deputies continued to chase the suspects until they got to a “darkly wooded” area.
White said the suspects, who he described as “vicious animals,” were armed and dangerous.
“I want to thank our extremely brave and dedicated team for working throughout the night and into the morning. I would also like to thank our friends and fellow officers from the surrounding state and local agencies who are assisting in this hunt,” White said.
Wednesday night’s incident comes on the heels of two armed robberies at two Dollar Generals in Louisburg on Sunday and Tuesday.
The Sunday robbery happened at the store at 4078 N.C. 56 East and the Tuesday one at 3725 NC 39 North, the sheriff’s office said. Both robberies happened around 9 p.m.