CLINTON, N.C. (WNCN) — A shots fired call led to an eight-mile high-speed chase earlier this week in which three men were later arrested, according to the Clinton Police Department.
On Tuesday at 11 p.m., officers responded to a shots fired call in the area of Sampson Homes in Clinton. While arriving, officers spotted a gold Chevrolet Impala leaving the area at a high rate of speed.
Police said they tried to stop the car but the driver fled traveling along U.S. 421 North.
Officers chased the car and eventually took the suspects into custody near the 4800 block of U.S. 421 North, which is 8.6 miles from where shots were fired and hit a home in Clinton, officials said.
Police said the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the chase.
The investigation revealed that the suspects fired weapons along the 200 block of West Lee Street, hitting a home and then fleeing the area. Police said they discovered that the suspects tossed the weapons out of the vehicle during the high-speed chase.
After searching the route the suspects took, officers said they found three guns that were used during the incident. One of the guns was stolen out of Cumberland County.
No one was injured during the incident.
Police arrested Jihan A. Cooper, 18, Jamarian Hyleem Smith, 23, and Devrane C. Boykin, 22.
Cooper was charged with discharge of a weapon into an occupied dwelling, possession of stolen firearm, assault with a deadly weapon and discharge of a firearm in the city.
Smith was charged with discharge of a weapon into an occupied dwelling, possession of stolen firearm, possession of firearm by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon and discharge of a firearm in the city.
Boykin was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, no operators license, reckless driving, stop sign violation, exceeding posted speed, discharge of a weapon into an occupied dwelling, possession of stolen firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm in the city, and possession of firearm by a felon.
Boykin was already out on probation and now faces a probation violation charge, police said.
Boykin is in the Sampson County Detention Center under a $1 secured million bond. Smith is being held on a $750,000 secured bond. Cooper is jailed on a $500,000 secured bond.
If anyone has information about this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Clinton Police Department at 910-592-3105. They may also provide anonymous information through the tip service by texting 847411, beginning their message with ‘tipcpd.’