Second arrest made in shooting death of former Onslow Co. deputy

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - A second suspect in the death of former Onslow County deputy William Joseph Clifton was arrested on Tuesday.

Jacksonville Police said in a press release Caitlyn Emily Ridgeway, 18, of Jacksonville was arrested and charged at around 4 p.m. Tuesday. She was charged with murder and taken into custody without incident.

The body of Clifton, 48, of Richlands, was found at 6:30 a.m. on July 7 in Woodlands Park.  Will James Welch, Jr., 18, of Jacksonville was charged with an open count of murder on July 14 in connection with the incident. He is held without bail.

"Jacksonville Police Detectives and NCIS Carolinas Field Office Special Agents have worked this joint investigation together since the morning of Friday, July 7 and conferred regularly with the Onslow County District Attorney's Office" said Captain Ashley Weaver, JPD Investigative Services Supervisor. "We do not anticipate additional arrests. The investigation is open and we are unable to release additional information at this time."

"We appreciate the assistance of the NC State Bureau of Investigation and the Onslow County Sheriff's Office for their assistance in this case" said Chief Mike Yaniero, Director of Public Safety.  

The reward for information in this case could total up to $5,000. The Jacksonville Police Department has added a $2,500 to the Crime Stoppers reward for information about the shooting.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact JPD Detective Daniel Karratti at (910) 938-6410 or dkarratti@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identities.  Information can also be anonymously texted via Text a Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Most Popular