Alleged shooter called APD prior to Monday incident

Published 7:30 pm Sunday, March 31, 2013

AHOSKIE – Hours before he allegedly opened fire with a rifle across the street at a neighbor’s residence, 36-year-old Dwayne Conner of Windsor made a phone call to the Ahoskie Police Department.

Conner, who was arrested late Monday afternoon for two felony counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, contacted the APD by phone at 7:27 a.m. the same morning, according to a recording of that call.

“We recognized that the call was not made from within our jurisdiction, but all calls coming into our office are recorded,” said APD Major Jimmy Asbell.

Asbell added that the call was made to the non-emergency line at the police department. For that reason only the telephone number of the caller was displayed.

“Had the call come in on the 9-1-1 emergency line, all information about the caller would have been displayed on the dispatcher’s computer screen,” Asbell said.

APD Chief Troy Fitzhugh said his office was not tipped off to any pending act of violence proposed by the caller. He did add that the phone call resulted in a “lengthy conversation” but, when asked, did not reveal what that conversation detailed.

“All I will say is that after listening to the recording, if the Bertie County Sheriff requests a copy, I will place it on a CD and give it to him as part of their investigation into this case,” Fitzhugh said. “If the Bertie Sheriff wants to release that conversation publicly, that is left to his discretion.”

A call placed Thursday to Bertie Sheriff John Holley by the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald was not returned by press time on Friday night.

Holley did provide the details of Monday’s shooting, saying that Conner, who resides in the 400 block of School Road near Windsor, shot at least twice into the home of a neighbor. His neighbor had arrived home when the second shot was fired, one that crashed through a living room window while she was nearby on the phone contacting law enforcement about finding a bullet hole in her bedroom wall.

After the officers arrived they were able to establish cell phone contact with Conner, who was inside a residence he shares with his parents.

“He was pretty irate with us on the phone, cussing and hollering,” said Holley. “It took right at one hour before we were able to calm him down to the point where he walked out of the house unarmed and surrendered.”

Conner is being held under a $100,000 secured bond in the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail. He made his first court appearance on Wednesday.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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