HALIFAX COUNTY - A massive manhunt that spanned the night is finally over Thursday as officers have in custody one of the suspects they say was involved in the shooting of a police officer. The other is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Meanwhile, Roanoke Rapids Police officer John Taylor is expected to make a full recovery.
|UPDATE: Officer John Taylor has made it through his second surgery, this one on his hand. Taylor earlier had surgery on his abdomen. Roanoke Rapids city manager Paul Sabiston said both surgeries went well, and that Taylor is progressing. He is currently in stable condition. His wife and son have joined him in the hospital.|
The female suspect, identified as Renee Phillips, was arrested just before 11 a.m. Thursday. Shortly thereafter, the other suspect Michael Edgerton was found dead.
Police said that around 10 a.m., officers confronted two people in a wooded area near Halifax Academy. There was a short standoff before Phillips, 43, was arrested. Later, police found Edgerton, 38, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
It all went down in an area of the woods near Roanoke Rapids. Cops zoned in on an area near Emerald Lane. That road is just off of 3 Bridges Road, where the suspects' car was found late Wednesday.
Taylor was shot during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon. According to police, Taylor pulled over a stolen vehicle for following too closely on Interstate 95. He did not, police clarified, know that the car was stolen when he made the stop.
After being shot -- in the neck, hand and torso -- a driver stopped by to help Taylor, but the officer made the call for help himself. Taylor is currently in the intensive-care unit at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery, police said.