WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – One of the men arrested in connection the incident on Barclay Hills Drive Tuesday made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
Christopher Dashawn Williams was charged with attempted murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He could receive a maximum sentence of life without parole for the attempted murder charge and 204 months for the robbery charge.
Williams is expected in court again February 14.
Charges are pending for Jermaine Junior Cordova, who was also involved in the incident. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of a leg injury.
According to the Wilmington Police Department, officers encountered Cordova during a traffic stop on Prices Lane around 10:00 a.m. Cordova was driving the vehicle and Williams was riding in the passenger seat.
Williams was wanted on a warrant for two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with an incident on Frog Pond Place on Jan. 2, 2013.
When authorities approached the vehicle, Cordova was cooperative, but Williams jumped out of the car and ran away. That's when Cordova broke away from the officers an ran towards a shed in the 400 block of Barclay hills Drive. He did not know the property owners.
WECT.com spoke with the homeowner at that address.
Lerone Folks said he heard gunshots ring out a little before 11 am.
"My only thought was the safety of the household and my family," he said. "I don't know what it was but I didn't have any concern for my own safety and he didn't threaten me with the weapon so maybe that had something to do with it he was beggin for help."
According to scanner traffic, officers deployed several cans of some kind of gas into the property in an effort to bring out the man.
Folks said he saw more than 20 gas cans flying through the air and into the shed.
Crockett said a negotiating team was on the scene and officials were not in a hurry with the negotiations.
Officers with the Wilmington Police Department took Cordova into custody several hours after attempting to serve him with warrants.
Authorities investigated a nearby home with a broken down door shortly after but said that house was cleared.
Sheriff's deputies were on the campus of all schools that were under lockdown during the incident, which included Rachel Freeman School of Engineering, Mosley Learning Center, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design, and the Child Development Center.
The sheriff's office had planned to release the schools one at a time starting at 2:30 p.m. Authorities, however, said around 3:00 they have enough resources to release all the schools at once, instead of on a tiered plan.
The sheriff's office said 6-8 deputies will be on each school's campus as students are released. Parents are asked to be patient with this process.
New Hanover County Schools contacted parents with the following statement:
"This is New Hanover County Schools calling with an important message. Due to a situation involving law enforcement in the Barclay Hill's neighborhood dismissal for some students may be affected. This delay will result in your child being dropped off later than usual. This specifically involves students living on the following streets; Barclay Hills Drive, Sharease Circle, Tiffany Drive, Estate Drive, Fairlawn Drive and Greendale Drive. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience."
Williams told WECT.com in a jailhouse interview that he is innocent. He said police have the wrong person charged in the Frog Pond shooting.
Williams said he does have a record and feels like there's not much hope for getting out of these charges.
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