Man wanted in Knightdale shooting leads Orange County deputies on chase

Orange County News

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A man wanted in connection with two shootings was arrested after he led deputies on a chase, crashed his vehicle and ran nearly three miles before getting caught, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a shooting at a home off Neuse River Parkway near Knightdale around 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

Early Wednesday morning, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Spring Hill Mobile Park for a shooting into a home.

The 911 caller identified the suspect as Travis Locklear, the Orange County Sheriffs Office says.

While responding to the scene, deputies saw Locklear’s vehicle.

Travis Locklear

A deputy attempted to stop Locklear, but he continued driving. The deputy discontinued the chase as Locklear sped toward Alamance County at over 100 mph.

The deputy then returned to the Spring Hill Mobile Park scene.

As the deputy was returning to the mobile home park, Wake County officials issued a BOLO for Travis Locklear, the same name given by the Orange County 911 caller.

The BOLO warned that Locklear was armed and had just shot a man in Knightdale, the Orange County Sheriffs Office said.

Not long after the BOLO was issued, the Orange County dispatch center got a call from a passerby that a car was in a ditch at the intersection of Orange Chapel Clover Garden Church Road and Old Greensboro Highway.

The vehicle involved in the crash matched the description of the vehicle Locklear was driving, the Orange County Sheriffs Office said.

Locklear ran away from the crash scene, and after deputies set up a perimeter, one of those deputies saw Locklear near the White Cross fire station, almost three miles away from the crash.

Deputies said Locklear was a suspect in the shooting in Knightdale, as well as a suspect in a shooting at the Spring Hill Mobile Home Park.

Orange County deputies said there were no injures in the second shooting and a man was shot in the Knightdale shooting.

Locklear faces first-degree burglary and larceny from the person charges in Orange County in connection with prior events at the Spring Hill Mobile Home Park home that happened Sunday morning.

The Orange County Sheriffs Office also charged Locklear with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, and felony flee to elude arrest in connection with the events early Wednesday morning in Orange County.

The Wake County Sheriffs Office filed charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, larceny of a motor vehicle, and discharging weapon into occupied property for the events in Knightdale.

The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, the Chapel Hill Police Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol helped with the manhunt, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

Locklear is currently behind bars on a $326,000 bond. 

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