M’boro man faces gun charges

Published 9:27 am Tuesday, March 5, 2013

MURFREESBORO – Shots fired at a local club near St. John led to an arrest here by local police.

On Saturday, Devon A. Futrell, 19, of Holly Hill Road was taken into custody by the Murfreesboro Police Department after a search of his vehicle led to the discovery of two guns, one recently fired and the other reported stolen from Boykins, Va.

According to Police Chief Darrell Rowe, the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office reported shots fired at the Forest Inn Night Club just after midnight. A vehicle description was broadcast to area law enforcement agencies.

“The vehicle in question was observed by Sgt. Jamie Dilday entering Murfreesboro at approximately 1:10 a.m.,” Rowe said. “The officer knew the suspect had a history involving weapons in the past.”

Sgt. Dilday stopped the vehicle, which was occupied by Futrell and a female, as Officer William Barmer provided back up.

During a search of the vehicle, two handguns were discovered under the driver’s seat.

“The first was a revolver that showed indications of recently being fired and the second was a 9 mm automatic; further investigation revealed this weapon was reported stolen during a break in that occurred sometime ago in Boykins, (Va.),” Rowe said.

Futrell was taken into custody and the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office was notified of his arrest.

He was charged with two felonies—possession of a stolen fire arm and alter/remove/destroy serial number—and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon.

Futrell was placed in the Hertford County Jail on a $50,000 secured bond.

Sheriff Juan Vaughan said his office is continuing their investigation into the shooting.

Rowe said Virginia authorities have been in contact with MPD regarding the stolen hand gun.

“I want to commend both officers for their quick actions in getting these weapons off the street,” he said. “I think this case should be a reminder to citizens how dangerous it is when officers conduct a vehicle stop.”