Murder probe underway

Published 5:04 pm Friday, May 6, 2016

AHOSKIE – The victim involved in an early morning shooting here one week ago has died.

Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh said that 40-year-old Bryant O’Neil Jacobs passed away Friday morning. Prior to his death, Jacobs had been listed in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. He was transferred to that medical facility in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, April 30 after being shot multiple times with a handgun.

“We now have a murder investigation on our hands,” said Chief Fitzhugh on Friday afternoon. “We have some leads that we are actively working, but we do not have a suspect at this time.”

Fitzhugh said gunshots were heard around 3:15 a.m. on April 30 in the area of McGlohon Street.

When officers arrived they discovered a male victim, later identified as Jacobs, suffering from what Fitzhugh described as “multiple gunshot wounds.”

Fitzhugh said Jacobs listed an address in the 1000 block of North Academy Street in Ahoskie.

The shooting occurred in the 500 block of North McGlohon Street and Fitzhugh said Jacobs was found outside.

Jacobs was initially transported to Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital and later transferred to Vidant Medical Center.

Meanwhile, back at the crime scene, Fitzhugh said APD investigators recovered and collected evidence.

APD Detective Sgt. Stephen White and APD Investigator Justin Farmer are handling the case.

Those with information that can aid the police in identifying the shooter are encouraged to contact the Ahoskie Police Department at 252-332-5012 or on the Internet at

Fitzhugh said all information is kept confidential.

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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