LUMBERTON — The person believed to have shot and wounded Lumberton police Officer Marcus Norton shot himself this morning as police watched a trash bin he had taken refuge in while trying to escape, according to Police Chief Mike McNeill.
The man has been identified as 22-year-old Victor Ronald Spearman, McNeill said.
According to McNeill, police knew that Spearman was in a trash bin on East Third Street and spent “several hours … trying to get him to put his gun down. Our negotiators were talking to him.”
He said after police heard a gunshot, they approached the bin and found Spearman injured. He was rushed by ambulance to Southeastern Regional Medical Center. His condition was not available.
Officers who were looking for the gunman had surrounded the trash bin after an officer thought he saw its lid move. After they heard a gunshot, the officers approached it and found Spearman injured. He said Spearman apparently lived with his parents at their Lumberton home.
McNeill said Norton is “fine,” although he is expected to receive more medical treatment. He was shot in a leg.
McNeill said he has not talked with Norton and does not know what led to the altercation with Spearman about 5 a.m. today.
It is the second time a Lumberton police officer has been shot during the past month.
On July 17, Master Police Officer Jeremiah Goodson was shot and killed at a service station off Fayetteville Road while trying to arrest a person who was wanted on several charges. Goodson, who was struck four times, had been off-duty when he saw the person and tried to make the arrest.
Marques Ramon Brown, 27, was arrested immediately and charged with first-degree murder. District Attorney Johnson Britt has said he would seek the death penalty in that case.
Goodson is survived by his wife Lametria, their two children, a newborn and a 2-year-old, and a 16-year-old adopted son. There are multiple efforts to raise money to help the Goodson family.
The Robesonian will continue to update the story today as news becomes available.