Friday, 15 March 2019 16:32

Hamlet Police: Suspects turn themselves in

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HAMLET — The search is over for two men police have been looking for since late Thursday night after a police officer was fired upon.

Investigators with the Hamlet Police Department say Quintin Calloway and Winfred Dawkins turned themselves in late Friday afternoon.

Calloway is accused of firing a shot toward a Hamlet patrolman around 10 p.m. Thursday during a chase.

Patrolman Corey Wilson had attempted to pull over a vehicle on McDonald Avenue when the driver pulled into a driveway and he and the other occupant got out and ran, not heeding the officer’s instructions, according to Hamlet City Manager Jonathan Blanton.

Wilson chased the pair on foot but stopped when he heard the gunshot.

The Hamlet Police Department called for backup and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Rockingham Police Department responded to help search for the suspects.

Officers searched the area around McDonald and Hylan avenues and Mill, Freeman Mill and Chalk roads.

Calloway, 30, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and resisting a public officer and Dawkins is charged with resisting only.

Their bonds have not yet been set.

Online court records show Calloway is facing pending felony charges in Montgomery County of possession of a firearm by a felon and a probation violation.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show he was given a 30-month suspended sentence in April 2017 in Montgomery County for a conviction of possession of a firearm by a felon.

In 2008, Calloway was convicted in Stanly County of larceny of a motor vehicle, resisting a public officer and a misdemeanor count of maintaining a place for a controlled substance.

He was also convicted in Stanly County of injury to real property in 2006 and resisting an officer in 2005.

Calloway’s first conviction was in Montgomery County on a misdemeanor assault charge in 2005.

Dawkins has no other pending charges or prior convictions, records show.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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