Editor's note: This article was last updated at 4:41 p.m. Jan. 11, 2020. 

EMERALD ISLE — Police are still investigating an incident that resulted in the fatal shooting of a 31-year old Newport man Thursday night at around 8:38.

Police reported Friday that Carl Eugene Jones Jr. was found dead inside a home at 107 Melanie St. after police and fire department personnel responded to a report of a structure fire.

Police Chief Tony Reese said Saturday the town had received a 911 hang-up call Thursday night and dispatched officers to the location. On the way there, he said, they were able to reach the caller, who said there might be a body in the home.

When emergency personnel arrived on scene, the residence was fully engulfed and crews from Emerald Isle, Western Carteret, Indian Beach and Pine Knoll Shores worked late into the early morning hours to extinguish the fire.

Police reported Friday morning they had questioned a man in relation to the shooting, but no further information was available then.

No new information was available as a result of the investigation Saturday, but Chief Reese said that although “an unfortunate incident did occur … fortunately, (incidents) of this nature are very rare in our community.”

The department, he said, continues to actively work with with local, state and federal partners to investigate all aspects of the shooting and fire.

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email Brad@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

(Previous report)

EMERALD ISLE — Town Police are investigating an incident that resulted in the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old Newport man Thursday night around 8:38 p.m.

Police report Carl Eugene Jones Jr. was found dead inside a home at 107 Melanie St. in Emerald Isle after police and fire department personnel responded to a report of a structure fire on Melanie Street.

When emergency personnel arrived on scene, the residence was fully engulfed and fire crews from Emerald Isle, Western Carteret, Indian Beach and Pine Knoll Shores worked late into the early morning hours to extinguish the fire.

Police report they have questioned a man in relation to the shooting; however, no further information on the individual is being released at this time.

This is a developing report.

 

(Previous report)

EMERALD ISLE — Officials confirmed to the News-Times Friday morning that one person is dead following an overnight shooting in Emerald Isle. 

This is a developing report. 

(5) comments

Big Fat Drunk Republican

Why is the information about this shooting being hidden from the public?

The shooter was at the scene when police arrived.

There was possibly another involved.

Emerald Isle PD, town management and press need to report the information to the public.

This isn’t going to hurt tourism. We get it, the shooter’s family is well connected in the county. Nobody cares! Bring the info!

David Collins

Thought that the job of reporting happenings belonged to the news media . Certainly the town could send a flash alert to the citizenry by e-mail but that would only get the folks worked up . Might even spark protests and bring on demands for the town to declare a gun free zone and all that muck . All those distraught women and their young spawn decked out in pink knitted caps with babes in arms holding signs and shouting slogans . All picketing town hall and demanding action now ! Of course they will have to bring in celebrities , local and national , with their impassioned speeches blared out by bullhorns and perhaps a flag burning or two . But , no one cares . Then why do you ask ?

Core Sounder

Quite often if the criminal or their parents have enough money they can pretty much get this swept under the old rug so they will not receive a felony on their record. Not suggesting that this is what happened here but it does happen.

Big Fat Drunk Republican

Still no updates?

This is typical. A person shot, house set on fire, EI police say they are investigating, no info, but everyone is safe.

It’s time to follow up and tell the public what happened.

David Collins

I’ll bet the Russians know .

Welcome to the discussion.

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