Woman charged in deadly shooting

Published 6:16 pm Saturday, April 29, 2023

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POWELLSVILLE – An arrest has been made in Saturday morning’s deadly shooting here.

Bertie County Sheriff Tyrone Ruffin said that 29-year-old Ayanna Shami Wilson is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 32-year-old Corey D. Mitchell.

Ruffin said the shooting occurred at around 6 a.m. on Freeman Street. Upon their arrival on the scene, Bertie deputies came into contact with Wilson, who admitted to shooting Mitchell. Wilson was immediately detained while law enforcement and first responders rendered aid to Mitchell. He later died at the scene.

In the early stages of the investigation, it was confirmed that there was a card game at a residence on Freeman Street that became heated so Wilson decided to leave. According to Wilson, as she was leaving, Mitchell approached her in an aggressive manner and at some point assaulted her which led to Wilson shooting Mitchell.

Ruffin said that his investigators have interviewed several people and have collected evidence at the scene.

Wilson is confined to the Bertie/Martin Regional Jail.

“I want to thank the deputies and the investigator’s of the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office for their expedited responses and hard work on all of these cases,” Ruffin stated. “Your hard work to Bertie County and to the citizens doesn’t go unnoticed.

“I also want to thank District Attorney Kim Gourrier Scott and her office for their assistance. Let’s continue to pray for our communities, county and America,” Ruffin added.