Shots fired; victim struck

Published 7:33 pm Saturday, February 15, 2014

AHOSKIE – An Ahoskie man is jailed under a $250,000 bond following his arrest early Saturday morning for attempted first degree murder and other charges.

Michael Dontay Keyes, 20, allegedly shot at a male multiple times on First Street/Maple Street in Ahoskie at approximately 3:16 a.m. Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh said the victim, whose identity was not revealed, was struck by one of the rounds. Fitzhugh said the victim did not sustain any life-threatening injuries.

Michael D. Keyes

Michael D. Keyes

“Within a minute of the shooting, (APD) Officer Jessie Mizelle observed the suspect by the description given by (APD) Officer William Barmer,” Fitzhugh said. “Officer Mizelle identified the suspect and gave the suspect a command to stop. A short foot pursuit was pursued by Officer Mizelle, at which time he observed the suspect throw an object underneath a vehicle during the foot chase.”

Fitzhugh added that when Mizelle was able to apprehend the suspect, he returned to the area of where he seen the suspect toss the object. A .357 revolver, black in color, was retrieved.

APD Investigator Jeremy Roberts was called out to the crime scene, as well as APD Captain Michele Garrett. In addition, Hertford County Sheriff’s Deputies came out to the scene.

Keyes is charged with attempted first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and going armed to terror the people. His first court appearance will be Feb. 18.

“I would like to commend the officers involved in this investigation with a quick arrest…Sgt. Michael Kellett, Officer Jessie Mizelle, and Officer William Barmer,” Fitzhugh stated.