Investigation continues into death of two escaped inmates found dead following car chase that ended in Brunswick Co.

Investigation continues into death of two escaped inmates
Published: Feb. 7, 2022 at 5:01 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Two men who died in Brunswick County after a law enforcement pursuit on Saturday were among three inmates who escaped a Tennessee jail last week, according to the SBI.

According to WITN, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says Tobias Carr and Timothy Sarver held up a Speedway gas station in Sneads Ferry early Saturday morning. The two suspects tied up the clerk and robbed the store, using the clerk’s car as their getaway vehicle.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says while the gas station clerk was giving his statement to police, investigators saw the escaped inmates drive past in the clerk’s car.

Several law enforcement agencies pursued the inmates through portions of Onslow, Pender and New Hanover counties before the suspects crashed in Brunswick County.

The SBI confirmed Tuesday that the two men who died are Tobias Carr and Timothy Sarver.

A State Highway Patrol trooper originally said the men died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds; however, a spokesperson for the agency said the trooper misspoke and instead deferred to the SBI, which has not released a cause of death.

A third inmate, Johnny Brown, remains at large.

“We don’t know what he’s going to do. He’s a convict, an arrestee, and he’s at large,” said Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller. “Our children need to have a safe place to live. We cannot do it without the support of the citizens and we have that here.”

The three men reportedly escaped from the Sullivan County Jail on Friday.

According to WVLT, Carr was charged with second-degree murder, vandalism, and tampering with evidence. Sarver was charged with auto theft, identity theft, drug paraphernalia, and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Brown faces charges for failure to appear, driving on a suspended or revoked license, harassment, violation of order of protection, domestic assault and aggravated stalking.

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