Authorities charge man with attempted first degree murder after alleged gunfire exchange, standoff

HAL HUMPHRIES JR. 

Reporter's note: This article was updated at 10:23 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, to add the latest information from law enforcement. 

DOWN EAST — Officials have arrested a Carteret County man on charges of attempted first degree murder after he allegedly exchanged fire with a Carteret County sheriff’s deputy in Straits Friday evening.

The man, Hal Humphries Jr., formerly of New Bern, who was identified in a Friday release from the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, was taken into custody just before 5:30 p.m. that evening following a standoff near Blueberry Kennel Road in the Down East community.

Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck told the News-Times authorities responded to a call for a mental health emergency around 3:30 p.m., and a deputy was dispatched to the location of the call.

According to the sheriff, the individual, later identified as Mr. Humphries, allegedly fired multiple shots at the responding deputy’s vehicle while the officer was inside. The deputy was not hit, Sheriff Buck said.

According to the release, the deputy sought cover and returned fire.

In response to the incident, multiple agencies, including the CCSO, N.C. State Highway Patrol and Harkers Island Fire and Rescue responded to the area of Blueberry Kennel Road. Authorities blocked off the road after the intersection with Crow Hill Road for the duration of the standoff.

Law enforcement respond to emergency call Down East

Law enforcement from multiple agencies respond to an incident on Blueberry Kennel Road and Crow Hill Road in Straits Friday afternoon. (Mike Shutak photo)

The sheriff confirmed just before 5:30 p.m. Friday Mr. Humphries, who was reportedly not injured, was taken into custody.

An official confirmed he has been charged with attempted first degree murder in the incident and is currently receiving medical attention following the incident. Additional charges include assault on a government official and firing into an occupied vehicle.

 

(previous report)

DOWN EAST — Law enforcement confirmed just before 5:30 p.m. they had taken an individual into custody after an armed standoff in Straits.

Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck told the News-Times authorities responded to a call for a mental health emergency around 3:30 p.m. Friday. A deputy was dispatched to the location of the call.

According to the sheriff, the unidentified individual allegedly fired multiple shots at the responding deputy’s vehicle while the deputy was inside. The deputy was not hit, Sheriff Buck said.

In response to the incident, multiple agencies, including the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. State Highway Patrol and Harkers Island EMS responded to the area of Blueberry Kennel Road. Authorities blocked off the road after the intersection with Crow Hill Road for the duration of the standoff.

The sheriff confirmed just before 5:30 p.m. Friday the individual, who was reportedly not injured, was taken into custody.

 

This is a developing report.

 

(Previous report)

DOWN EAST — Law enforcement from multiple agencies responded to a call involving a weapon at Blueberry Kennel Road and Crow Hill Road in Straits Friday afternoon. 

Authorities have blocked off the road to traffic at the intersection of Blueberry Kennel and Crow Hill roads.

Authorities with the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, State Highway Patrol and the Harkers Island Fire Department responded. As of 5 p.m., authorities were still on the scene. 

This is a developing report.

(previous report)

DOWN EAST — Law enforcement officials staged a response near the Harkers Island boat ramp in Straits Friday afternoon for an emergency response.

Officials were in the area responding to a call around 3:45 p.m., according to reports over the emergency scanner.

Residents and others are asked to avoid the area.

This is a developing report.

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