The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

August 14, 2013

Princeville police chief quiet about two serious assaults


PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE – Princeville Police Chief Joey Petway is remaining tight-lipped about two incidents that happened within an eight-day period in which two victims were transported to the hospital with wounds after they were assaulted. One assault was with a wrench and the other with a gun.

The first incident happened Aug. 3 when Edgecombe County Sheriff's 911 dispatchers received a call about a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

When law enforcement arrived they found the victim, 53-year old Donnell Everette, lying by a barn in the back yard of a Greenwood Boulevard residence with a gunshot wound to the chest.

According to several sources in the community, officers learned the gunshot wound wasn't self-inflicted as they began their investigation.

In a phone interview Monday, Petway said the case was still under investigation and he couldn't comment.

According to North Carolina General Statutes, at least three laws were broken that night, but no charges have been filed.

The first law that was broken was N.C. General Statute 14-34, assault by pointing a gun. The law states that if any person shall point any gun or pistol at any person, either in fun or otherwise, whether such gun or pistol be loaded or not loaded, he shall be guilty of the Class A1 misdemeanor.

The second law broken was N.C. General Statute 14-32 (b), assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. That law states that any person who assaults another person with a deadly weapon and inflicts serious injury shall be punished as a Class E felony.

The third law broken is a city ordinance — N.C. General Statute 160A-189, discharging a firearm in the city limits. That law states a city may by ordinance regulate, restrict or prohibit the discharge of firearms at any time or place within the city except when used in defense of a person or property or pursuant to lawful directions of law enforcement officers and may regulate the display of firearms on the streets, sidewalks, alleys or other public property.

In a separate incident that happened Sunday, law enforcement was called to the Southern Terrace Community because a victim had been hit in the head with a wrench. When they arrived, they found the victim with a gash to the left side of his head.

Law enforcement met EMS at a nearby store so they could transport the victim to Vidant Edgecombe Hospital.

When the victim exited the patrol vehicle, his shirt was covered in blood and he was bleeding from the left side of his head.

Petway said Monday that case was also an ongoing investigation and he couldn't release details.