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Federal Charges Brought Against Man Accused of Shooting At Hertford County Sheriff’s Deputy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – The United States Attorney’s Office filed a Criminal Complaint against Talametrius Kenyon Spruill, 41, of Ahoskie. Spruill is alleged to be a felon in possession of ammunition after he allegedly fired four shots at a Hertford County Sheriff’s Deputy who responded to a suspicious person call at 3 a.m. on July 16, 2023, in Ahoskie. Spruill is alleged to have fired four rounds at the deputy who was not struck and returned fire. Spruill managed to escape on foot and was arrested on the night of July 17, 2023, on state charges and remains in custody. If convicted, Spruill faces up to 180 months in prison for the federal charges.

This complaint is part of a sustained effort by local, state, and federal law enforcement to make Eastern North Carolina safer by using inter-agency coordination and federal cooperation to address violent crime and local gun violence.

“We stand by and support the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “Brazen attacks on those who protect and serve will not be tolerated. We will continue to use every tool available to keep our communities safe by addressing gun violence.”

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement. The Hertford County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Aubart is prosecuting the case.

A Criminal Complaint is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Updated July 20, 2023

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