SBI agent discharged from hospital following Sampson County explosion

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – An SBI agent who was injured in an explosion last month in Sampson County has been discharged from the hospital.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Tim Luper suffered burns when an explosive device detonated at a Sampson County home on July 26.

Luper underwent surgery at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill and was discharged from the hospital Saturday.

A second agent, Special Agent Brian Joy, was also injured in the explosion. Joy remains at the Burn Center in critical condition.

“We ask that everyone continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to recover,” the SBI said in a release.

Luper’s injuries included second-degree burns and a dislocated shoulder. Joy suffered third-degree burns.

The explosion that injured the two stemmed from an incident that began around lunchtime July 25 when Sampson County deputies initiated a traffic stop around U.S. routes 13 and 421.

A K-9 alerted deputies to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. Deputies found explosive devices inside the vehicle and took the driver, 33-year-old Jimmy Tyndall, into custody.

Investigators went to Tyndall’s residence on JV Farm Road where they reported seeing bomb-making materials in plain view. Nearby homes were evacuated, said Lt. Marcus Smith with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office.

A search warrant was obtained and executed Thursday evening at Tyndall’s home.

Once authorities got to the home on JV Farm Road in Dunn, they located bomb-making materials in a cabin on the property behind the home.

Once the materials were located, the SBI’s bomb squad was called in. Joy and Luper were in Sampson County assisting the sheriff’s office. The search stretched from Thursday night into Friday morning, the SBI said.

According to authorities, while the agents were “conducting a render safe mission,” an explosion occurred and both men were injured.

VIDEO: Explosions seen on Sampson County property where bomb-making materials were found

Joy was airlifted to the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill for treatment. Luper was also taken to the burn center for treatment, but not via LifeFlight.

No deputies were injured in the explosion, Smith said.

Tyndall is charged with misdemeanor larceny, possession of mephedrone, possession of drug paraphernalia and four counts of possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

He is being held in the Sampson County Detention Center under a $151,000 secured bond.

Click here for the GoFundMe established for the two agents.

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