Murder suspect seen at local restaurant

November 12, 2008 8:42:18 AM PST
While investigators in Person County launched a massive manhunt for a shooting suspect, relatives of one of his alleged victims said Matthew Long was spotted at a local restaurant Tuesday morning.

Eyewitness News has learned the Person County sheriff's department has joined the search for the suspect. Long, 20, of Roxboro was seen fleeing the scene of a fatal gun fight on South Main Street Monday. In a press release issued Tuesday, Roxboro police said Long is now the primary suspect in the murder of Fred Satterfield.

Police have warrants charging 20-year-old Matthew Long of Roxboro with first-degree murder and attempted murder.

Long is also accused of firing the shots that wounded Greg Pulliam, Satterfield's companion. Pulliam remains hospitalized at Person Memorial.

Eyewitness Adam Bowes said he was nearly caught in the middle of the fight as he walked to his job near the courthouse Monday afternoon. He saw a group of men arguing in the street when several shots rang out from a .40 caliber handgun.

"I pulled forward, couldn't have been 10 or 15 yards and when I did, I heard the first gunshot and I looked in my rearview mirror I saw the other guy shooting into the other group," Bowes said.

Fred Satterfield, 34, died from at least four gunshot wounds. Family members said the suspect may have been waiting for the father of six to come out of the courthouse.

"When they got to their truck the guys had been stalking, waiting for them to leave court," Satterfield's cousin Latonya Pettiford said. "As soon as they left court they surrounded their truck and went to shooting."

Satterfield's mother and wife say the alleged shooter and the two victims have been fighting back and forth. Long allegedly shot Satterfield's truck and Satterfield beat up Long this past weekend.

Relatives deny either men have ties to local gangs. Police say they are not listed on a state registery of known gang members.

But, given their past brushes with the law, Satterfield's family feels they've been targeted by Long and his friends and not treated fairly by police.

"They tried to break into my house. I called police and all they said is that they were going to put it on file," Satterfield's mother Dorothy Drumwright said. "Somebody broke in; they didn't take no fingerprints, nothing."

Satterfield's wife said her husband felt his life was in danger for several months, but his attempts to report suspicious incidents were ignored. She has contacted the State Bureau of Investigation to enlist their help in the case.

"I'm going to get the SBI and the FBI involved, I will because we've been quiet long enough," Satterfield's wife Angela Satterfield said. "They're going to do something they're not going to go, 'it's Fred Satterfield, we're glad he's dead'. No, that's not going to happen."

According to the attorney general's office, the SBI was requested by the Roxboro Police to assist in locating Long.

Police say they are doing all they can to track down leads and lock Long up. Another person of interest was questioned then released without being charged.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the Roxboro Police Department.


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