Sampson County deputy shot, suspect in custody

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Sunday, July 24, 2022
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A suspect was captured after a deputy was shot in Sampson County and had to be airlifted to a hospital.

ROSEBORO, N.C. (WTVD) -- A sheriff's deputy was shot in Sampson County during a early morning investigation Saturday.

The shooting happened on Hayne Stretch Road in Roseboro where a deputy was responding to reports of a car break in. The deputy then called for assistance after making contact with the suspect, Michael Walthall Jr., 36. A second responding deputy arrived on scene and found deputy Caitlin Emanuel with a gunshot wound.

Emanuel was airlifted to Sampson Regional Medical Center for treatment where she is in stable condition.

Emanuel has been with the sheriff's office for a little over two years.

Walthall, who is from Pennsylvania, was taken into custody on Sir Lane outside of Roseboro shortly before 5:00 a.m. He has been charged with multiple charges and under a $1,000,000 bond.