2 charged with trying to murder Johnston County deputy

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
2 charged with trying to murder Johnston County deputy
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Datrel K'chaun Lyons and Gerald Thomas Holmes III (images courtesy Johnston County Sheriff's Office) Updated 15 mins ago

SMITHFIELD, NC (WTVD) -- Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell says three men in a car shot at one of his deputies and then tried to run her over.

"This is another example of law enforcement officers putting their lives at risk and in danger everyday patrolling our communities keeping our citizens safe" said Sheriff Bizzell.

It happened around 10 p.m. Monday on Cleveland Rd. near Barber Mill Rd. south of Clayton when the deputy tried to pull the car over.

The car took off and someone inside fired a shot at the deputy as she followed it down Spaniel lane which ends in a cul-de-sac.

Bizzell said the driver of the car then turned around and aimed for the deputy who had gotten out her cruiser to try and make an arrest. As the car came at her, Bizzell said the deputy shot at it and the car crashed.

That's when the three men inside got out and ran.

One was caught right away. A second was captured after a dog was brought to help in the search. The third is still on the loose.

Now, 19-year-old Datrel K'chaun Lyons and 23-year-old Gerald Thomas Holmes III are charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Johnston County Sheriff's Office at (919) 989-5010.

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