Warrants drawn on shooting victim

Published 8:49 am Tuesday, July 23, 2013

AHOSKIE – A shooting victim will be arrested on drug charges following his release from the hospital.

Hertford County Sheriff Juan Vaughan said his office received a call on July 18 regarding a possible shooting at 107 Brinkley Road, located off Brinkleyville Road near Ahoskie. Upon the arrival of HCSO Deputy Chase Oliver, the victim, 25-year-old Travin Emory, was found wounded in the arm and finger.

“Mr. Emory said he was asleep and woke to the sound of gunfire,” Vaughan said. “He stated he saw a person in the same room dressed in black, but could not recall how many shots were fired at him.”

Vaughan added that Emory returned fire at his assailant.

“We needed Mr. Emory’s weapon to ensure of its caliber since we found shell casings from two different weapons in the room,” Vaughan said. “Mr. Emory informed us that we needed to ask his father about the weapon. The father told us where it was in the house and we found it lying on top of a gallon bag containing marijuana.”

Upon making that discovery, HCSO Drug Agent Greg Harrison was summoned to the scene. He obtained a search warrant for the residence. Upon executing that warrant, officers found 480.8 grams of marijuana (approximately one and one-half pounds), $1,952 in U.S. currency as well as drug paraphernalia…digital scales, baggies and a cup used to weigh the pot. A shotgun and shells were also discovered and confiscated.

Vaughan said that warrants – possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling to store a controlled substance, both felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor – will be drawn and served on Emory upon his release from the hospital. He was initially transported to Vidant Roanoke-ChowanHospital on the night of the shooting and was later transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

In the meantime, Vaughan said his officers continue to investigate the shooting.

“We believe there was more than one suspect involved in this case,” Vaughan stated.