UPDATE: One suspect in jail, one still in hospital after DWI checkpoint shooting
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - One of the suspects who was shot in an incident at a DWI checkpoint in Brunswick County has been released from the hospital and is currently in the Brunswick County Detention Facility.
Jerry Onasis Melvin, 42, of Leland is being held under a $250,000 secured bond. He has been charged with eight counts of AWDW with intent to kill, eight counts of AWDW on a government official and one count of felony conspiracy.
Antoine Levar Graham, 34, of Mimosa Trail in Leland has been charged with 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with Intent to kill, 10 counts of AWDW on a government official, one count of flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle, one count of felony conspiracy, one count of possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both suspects were shot and transported to the hospital following the incident. Sunday, representatives at New Hanover Regional Medical Center said Graham was in good condition.
Very few details regarding the incident, including how the shooting happened, have been released at this time, but authorities say it happened on Highway 17, near the Walmart in Leland.
The incident is currently being investigated internally by both the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, as deputies from New Hanover were assisting with the checkpoint at the time. However, officials with the Brunswick County Sheriff's office are the ones who charged the suspects.
An independent investigation is also being conducted by the SBI. Sheriff Ingram reportedly requested that the SBI review the case.
District Attorney Jon David made a concurrent request for the SBI to get involved in the investigation.
He plans to talk to representatives at the State Attorney General's office Monday to discuss what role his office should have in the case.
Representatives from David's office, including an intern, were on the scene of the checkpoint to aid law enforcement. They witnessed the incident, which may create a conflict when it comes to the district attorney's role in the case.
David wouldn't comment on the facts of the investigation, since it is ongoing.
A spokesperson with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office says Cpl. Brian Medlin, Deputy Joe Cherry, Deputy John Rogers and Deputy Larry Branch were all involved in the incident. All are on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in a case like this.
According to Sgt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. M. Fike, Deputy J. Maroldt, and Deputy J. Spivey have all been placed on administration leave with pay.
Brewer says that is standard operating procedure in a deputy-involved shooting.
None of the officers were injured in the incident.
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