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Search continues for Harrison

Bertie Sheriff John Holley and Chief Deputy Kenny Perry stated that search for 51-year-old Jeffrey Ray Harrison is still ongoing.

Sheriff Holley stated that several law enforcement agencies have been searching for Harrison since Saturday.

Holley added that Harrison was recently released from the NC Department of Corrections, and should be considered possibly armed and dangerous.

Jeffrey Ray Harrison

On Saturday morning, the Windsor Police Department was called to the Duck Thru convenience store located beside the ABC Store in Windsor. There, Windsor Police Officer J. Mizelle saw Harrison parked between the Duck Thru and the ABC store. Mizelle asked for Harrison’s identification while a second Windsor PD Officer, D. Smith, approached on his vehicle. At that time, Harrison hit the gas pedal and attempted to run over Officer Smith.

The pursuit started from that location and continued through the county. Harrison wrecked a stolen Toyota Tacoma truck (stolen in Martin County) in a block of woods off of Godwin Road owned by Weyerhaeuser Paper Company and then fled on foot.

Agencies involved in the search of Harrison were the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office, Windsor PD, Aulander PD, NC State Highway Patrol and the Highway Patrol helicopter, NC Wildlife, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Martin County Probation, Ahoskie PD K-9, Rocky Mount PD K9 Unit, Bertie County Emergency Services and EMS and the Department of Public Safety K-9 Unit.

No injuries occurred during the pursuit of Harrison on Saturday, July 6.

Harrison was possibly seen at the intersection of Buzzard’s Cross at around midnight on Sunday, July 7.

Harrison is reportedly wearing dark shorts, without a shirt, and glasses.

Law enforcement continues to patrol the area of Meadow Road near Buzzard’s Cross in search of Harrison.

Sheriff Holley urges the citizens of the area to be on alert and if Harrison is spotted to use caution and please contact 911 immediately.

Warrants have been obtained by the Windsor PD for Harrison for assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle, possess a stolen motor vehicle, and resisting a public officer.

On Friday, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said Harrison was wanted for felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and identity theft, according to its Facebook page.

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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