Columbus County man found shot to death in vehicle

Columbus County man found shot to death in vehicle

COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Detectives with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after a man was found shot to death in his vehicle near the Pireway community Monday night.

According to a news release, emergency personnel responded to the 14000 block of Swamp Fox Highway East in Pireway around 10 p.m. after receiving a report of a vehicle collision.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they discovered Mitchell Allen Smith, 34, of Whiteville, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

“CCSO investigators arrived shortly after to interview witnesses and to conduct an extensive crime scene investigation,” a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office stated in the news release.

Sheriff Jody Greene asks the citizens of Columbus County for their assistance in locating the individuals involved in this homicide investigation.

Additionally, Sheriff Greene wants to remind the public that it is important to pay attention to what is going on around you and to call 911 if you see anything suspicious.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is requesting anyone with information in this case to please contact Detective Sergeant M. Strickland at 910-640-6629.

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