ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTW) — The two Robeson County deputies who were shot on Tuesday while trying to arrest a man who was out of jail on bond are both alert, talking, and in good spirits, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies Johnathan Walters and Kaelin Locklear are expected to make a full recovery. Sheriff Burnis Wilkins and members of his staff went to visit the deputies Wednesday morning at Cape Fear Medical Center, the sheriff’s office said.
Walters is being treated in the intensive care unit for observational purposes, while Locklear is listed in stable condition and remains in the medical center for observation purposes, the sheriff’s office said.
The suspect, Shawn Tobin Locklear Jr. is being treated at UNC Chapel Hill Medical Center where he is listed in critical, but stable condition, the sheriff’s office said. After he is released from the hospital, he will face several charges, including two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, felony hit-and-run, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of cocaine and marijuana, and two counts of resisting and obstructing an officer.
During a news conference after the incident on Tuesday, Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said he was “100% disgusted” that a judge would allow Locklear to be released on bond. He then urged locals to vote against judges who grant bond to violent offenders.
Judge Angelica McIntyre, who granted the bonds, released, in part, the following statement:
“My judicial record shows that I have set some of the highest bonds ever set in Robeson County — after the dates of these proceedings in this case. I am grateful that North Carolina law changed effective Oct. 1, 2023 to allow district court judges additional authority to deny bond to violent and repeat offenders.”
“Bonds are determined by many factors, including the evidence that is presented in court by the officers, witness cooperation, if a felony report has been provided to the District Attorney’s Office, and the particular facts of every case. I feel the public’s frustration and the Sheriff’s frustration at the crime problem in Robeson County. My judicial record shows that I have set some of the highest bonds ever set in Robeson County based on the evidence before me.”
News13 spoke with a neighbor, Dell Blackhorse, who said he heard the gunshots. He said crime is always happening in the area.
“A couple months ago at about the same spot, there was somebody killed in the road,” he said. “They had a mask on and a gun, laying in the road. And now look at this a couple months later.”
Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 910-671-3170 or 910-671-3100.
Count on News13 for updates.
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