Man accused of shooting 1, leading officers on chase

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - Police have arrested a man accused of shooting a person and leading Jacksonville officers on a chase.

The Jacksonville Department of Public Safety has identified the suspect as 20-year-old Reginald Lee Jones, of Maysville.

"All of the sudden-pow pow pow pow, pow pow, you know we heard a couple shots," said Joshua Greene, a neighbor to the shooting location.

According to police, it all started at about 8:15 p.m. Sunday, when officers went to the 500 block of Myrtlewood Circle and found a person who had been shot.

"You know, we just thought maybe it was left over fireworks but, and then the police came running into the neighborhood so I guess it wasn't just fireworks," said Greene.

The victim, whose identity has not been released, was treated at Onslow Memorial Hospital and released, said police.

Greene said the violence needs to stop, "It's just crazy. It's not cool. I don't promote gang violence of any sort or whatever. I'm not sure if it had anything to do with gang violence. I'm not really here like that but if it did, it needs to stop."

Investigators said officers at the scene were given a description of the suspect (later identified as Jones) and his vehicle-- a 1998 gray Honda Civic.

An officer tried to stop the vehicle on Western Boulevard, but Jones kept driving onto Highway 17 and Piney Green Road, according to police. Officers then chased Jones onto Piney Green Road and Old 30 Road, before the suspect stopped at Rocky Run Road, said investigators.

During the chase, officers saw a gun thrown from the vehicle, said police. The weapon was later recovered.

Jones was arrested on Rocky Run Road, and is charged with the following:

-Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury;
-Assault by pointing a gun;
-Discharging a firearm into occupied property;
-Fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle;
-Possession of a controlled substance, schedule VI (marijuana);
-Possession of drug paraphernalia;
-Resist, obstruct, delay a public officer;
-Failure to stop for siren;
-Driving on wrong side.

Jones was being held at the Onslow County Detention Center under a $157,000 bond.

There is no word on a motive for the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact JPD Detective Laura Kensington at 910-938-6409 or Callers can also reach Crimestoppers at 910-938-3273.  Crimestoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest.  Callers are not required to reveal their identities.

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