According to the Highway Patrol, on Sunday around 10:25 a.m., Robersonville police tried to make a traffic stop on a white Jeep Grand Cherokee on US-64 westbound. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit began. The vehicle traveled into Edgecombe County on US-64 westbound.
Fifteen minutes later, the vehicle pulled onto the shoulder at mile marker 482 with a flat tire. The driver was armed with multiple weapons and was ordered to exit the vehicle but failed to respond to law enforcement commands. Authorities tried to negotiate with the driver to surrender but were unsuccessful.
Around 11:45 a.m., the driver got out of the vehicle and pointed a weapon directly at law enforcement officers who returned fire, fatally striking the individual.
The driver has been identified as 60-year-old Melissa Anne Jenkins, of Winston-Salem. A Silver Alert was issued for Jenkins on Friday around 4:50 p.m. It was believed that Jenkins was driving a white 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee with NC tags and was possibly traveling to the Manteo area.
Trooper W. R. Bulluck and Trooper S. A. Stone have been placed on administrative duty pending the investigation which is standard operating procedure in Trooper involved shootings:
Bulluck is a 10-year veteran assigned to the Troop C District 1 patrol office located in Nash County. Stone is a 5-year veteran, assigned to the Troop A District 5 patrol office located in Pitt County.
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.
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