BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) –The Shallotte Police Department held a press conference Friday in regards to the death of a 3-year-old boy.
While they couldn't disclose much information, Chief Gause said the case is not being investigated as a murder case, but as a suspicious death.
Montey Andrea Murray, 27, dropped of the young child at Brunswick Novant Medical Center Thursday morning and took off, according to Chief Deputy Charlie Miller.
The hospital called the Shallotte Police Department and the Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for Murray's arrest. A car chase began on Highway 17 in an effort to stop Murray. Two vehicles with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office were hit in the process.
When the two agencies tracked Murray down around 9:45 a.m. and attempted to pull his vehicle over, he refused to stop. Deputies reportedly initiated a rolling road block on the fleeing car in an attempt to slow the vehicle down, according to Sheriff's Office spokesperson Del Routh.
When deputies were rammed by the suspect's vehicle, they were able to successfully employ the precision immobilization technique, commonly known as the PIT maneuver, near 1583 Ocean Highway in Supply.
Sheriff John Ingram, who was at the scene, said that both of his deputies are okay.
Routh said, Murray was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He was taken to the hospital for examination prior to being placed in the Brunswick County Detention Facility with a $1 million bond.
The arrest warrant shows that Murray, of the 400 block of Trails End Road in Wilmington, willfully and feloniously assaulted government officials Sammy Turner and Jeremy Borowski. The report stated Murray, driving a Mercury Mountaineer, intentionally slammed on the brakes and ran into the rear of a patrol vehicle.
Miller said he doesn't know what condition the 3-year-old was in when he or she was dropped off. Officials were unsuccessful in reviving the child, whose identity has not been released.
The Medical Examiner's office said an autopsy was performed Thursday, but the Shallotte Police Department has the results.
Murray has an extensive criminal background, including assault, communicating threats and robbery charges.
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