Ahoskie man convicted on federal charges for shooting at deputies

Published 2:16 pm Thursday, June 6, 2024

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WILMINGTON – A federal jury convicted an Ahoskie man this week on charges of being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Talametrius Kenyon Spruill, age 42, faces a maximum penalty of 180 months in prison when sentenced on a future date.

Spruill still faces state charges of two counts of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on government officials and possession of a firearm by a felon related to this incident.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Spruill possessed four cartridge casings that were left behind after he fired at Hertford County Sheriff’s Deputies in the early morning hours of July 16, 2023. Deputies responded to a call at B&B Mobile Home Park on West Modlin Road near Ahoskie about a suspicious person after a woman reported that someone was banging on her window at 3 am that morning.

The first responding deputy found Spruill sitting in the front passenger seat of the homeowner’s vehicle, holding a firearm. The deputy ordered Spruill to put the gun away at which time Spruill fled to the woods line behind the residence.

A second deputy saw Spruill in the woods line as he pulled up in his squad car. That deputy, according to the testimony, immediately exited his vehicle with his gun drawn and announced, “Sheriff’s Office, Show me your hands!” as he approached Spruill, who was now crouched in a shallow drainage ditch behind a neighboring house.

Spruill did not show his hands and instead fired a Glock 19 semiautomatic handgun four times at the deputy. The deputy retreated and returned fire while tripping over a doghouse on the property and getting bit by the resident’s dog.

Despite the exchange of gunfire, neither the deputy nor Spruill was struck.

Spruill managed to evade Deputies and ditched his firearm in a junkyard.

One night later (July 17, 2023), Hertford County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to call about a suspicious person in the St. John community. There they found Spruill attempting to crawl under his aunt’s home.

Spruill was arrested and interviewed by the FBI, where he confessed that he was at the original crime scene, ran from the police, and discharged his firearm before getting rid of it in the junkyard.

“Gun violence and attacks on law enforcement officers are an attack on the rule of law itself,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “We are prioritizing any case where a felon draws, levels, or fires a gun at law enforcement. I personally met with the deputies in this case and commend their courage and poise under fire. They did their jobs honorably, and we are proud to do ours in securing this guilty verdict. The people of North Carolina should be grateful for their sacrifice and thankful they survived.”

Hertford County Sheriff Dexter Hayes stated, “July 16 changed these deputies’ lives, today justice for that horrible day has been served. Thank you to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our FBI partners for their time and effort they put into the case. Thank you to the deputies who were involved in this case – they did an outstanding job on July 16, 2023, and continue to do so today.”

Prior to his arrest, Spruill had been on the run for several years and was being tracked by the US Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force. He had outstanding warrants from the Ahoskie Police Department for felonious restraint and felony speeding to elude arrest (2016) and the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office for discharging a firearm into occupied property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of cocaine (2017).