Clinton, NC - An off-duty Cumberland County sheriff's deputy was mowing his yard on Thursday when convicted murderer David Bain drove by and shot at him, according to WNCN.
The incident occurred about 6:45 PM Thursday at the deputy's residence. The deputy, who was not identified, saw a white SUV slowly drive by his house. As the vehicle drove by, the driver pointed "a long-barreled gun" out the window and fired a shot at the deputy, who was not hit.
According to Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis W. Wright, the deputy got into his unmarked police cruiser, followed the SUV into a gym parking lot in the town of Stedman, and then tried to stop the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle, later identified as David Bain, refused to stop, and a vehicle pursuit was initiated. The vehicle left Stedman, traveling east on Highway 24, "exceeding the speed limit and driving recklessly", and drove to 197 Horseshoe Road in Sampson County.
Both the driver, Bain, and the passenger in the 2000 Isuzu Rodeo, James Gibbons, got out of the car, and fled on foot. Gibbons, who lives on Horseshoe Road, returned to the vehicle a short time later, and turned himself in to deputies who were on scene. Deputies searched the Isuzu Rodeo, and found a silver .22 Taurus handgun on top of the center console.
Cumberland County and Sampson County deputies along with North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers then began searching the wooded area along Horseshoe Road. Troopers and deputies searched the area looking for Bain until almost midnight, but were unable to locate him.
Gibbons, who is a convicted felon, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon. He was taken to the Cumberland County Detention Center under $25,000.00 bond.
Bain is also a convicted felon, and was recently released from jail after serving time for a second-degree murder conviction. Sheriff Wright said that Bain is armed and dangerous.
Investigators have talked to Bain on the phone; he had agreed to turn himself in on Friday, July 14, but has not done so yet. His location is unknown, and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information about Bain's location to call 910-323-1500 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-8477.