Federal charges lodged against Ahoskie man accused of shooting at HCSO deputy

Published 9:57 pm Thursday, July 20, 2023

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RALEIGH – An Ahoskie man arrested earlier this week on local charges now faces a federal criminal complaint.

Today (Thursday), the United States Attorney’s Office filed the complaint against Talametrius Kenyon Spruill, age 41 of Ahoskie. Spruill is alleged to be a felon in possession of ammunition after he allegedly fired four shots at a Hertford County Sheriff’s Deputy who responded to a suspicious person call at 3 a.m. on July 16 near Ahoskie. Spruill is alleged to have fired four rounds at the deputy who was not struck and returned fire. Spruill managed to escape on foot and was arrested on the night of July 17 on state charges and remains in custody.

If convicted, Spruill faces up to 180 months in prison for the federal charges.

This complaint is part of a sustained effort by local, state, and federal law enforcement to make Eastern North Carolina safer by using inter-agency coordination and federal cooperation to address violent crime and local gun violence.

“We stand by and support the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “Brazen attacks on those who protect and serve will not be tolerated. We will continue to use every tool available to keep our communities safe by addressing gun violence.”

The Hertford County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Aubart is prosecuting the case.