Wreck leads to shooting arrests


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



Two local teens have been arrested for allegedly shooting into a Clinton residence this weekend and were prompty taken into custody after the vehicle ran they attempted to flee in ran off the roadway and into a ditch.

Shortly after noon Saturday, Sampson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported shooting into an occupied dwelling located at 900 Hinson Road, Clinton. The complainant contacted E-911 and reported that subjects in a passenger car were firing shots into their residence from the roadway. Deputies were dispatched and, just prior to arriving, it was reported that the suspects had run off the roadway and into a ditch while attempting to flee the scene.

Authorities said that the caller was able to identify the suspects and provide a description to responding officers, allowing deputies to quickly apprehend both suspects. After a brief search of the area, deputies were able to locate the weapon involved in the incident — a sawed-off shotgun.

Darius Blue, 18, of 100 Deerfield Lane, Dunn, and Diamonte Webb, 17, of 40 Timber Lane, Dunn, were both taken into custody and transported to the Sampson County Detention Center to face felony charges.

Both were charged with felonious discharging of a weapon into an occupied dwelling and felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Bond was set at $100,000 for each. Sheriff Jimmy Thornton expressed his gratitude to the victim in the reported shooting, who assistance led to swift arrests.

“The victim of the incident did a fantastic job of relaying the pertinent information to the E-911 Center so that responding officers could apprehend the suspects once on scene,” Thornton said in a prepared statement. “Everyone involved did an outstanding job and I’m grateful no one was injured during the incident.”

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By Chris Berendt

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