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Roanoke Valley law enforcement reported the following:

Roanoke Rapids Police Department

Chief Shane Guyant reported that on Friday evening C Squad officers responded to the northern end of Hamilton Street after a report that several shots were fired. 

Officers learned that a man had been shot but sustained non-life threatening injuries. A house and vehicle were also damaged.

No charges have been filed at this time. Investigators have identified suspects and the investigation continues.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department at 252-533-2810, Halifax County Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444 or the Crimestoppers website 

Northampton County Sheriff’s Office

Captain Patrick Jacobs reported that on August 31, with assistance from the Ahoskie Police Department and Greensville County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was executed at a residence outside of Rich Square on Highway 258. 

Northampton assisted Greensville with an investigation of a breaking, entering, and larceny that occurred at a business in Virginia 10 days earlier. That investigation revealed that one of the suspects — Michael Powell, 50 — lived in Northampton County.

During the search warrant execution Jacobs said Powell briefly barricaded himself inside and then slipped out of the rear window. He was caught after a brief foot chase.

He was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by felon pursuant to the search warrant findings. 

He was served with a Virginia fugitive warrant for two counts of breaking and entering, a count of grand larceny and a count of felony destruction of property.

He was jailed without the opportunity for bond for the Virginia warrants and a $50,000 secured bond for the Northampton charge.

“We would like to thank the Ahoskie Police Department for their assistance with this search operation with their canine unit,” Jacobs said.

Sheriff Jack Smith said, “This case investigation and strong working relationship by two neighboring counties and state agencies shows a great example of law enforcement agencies working together for a common goal in protecting citizens and businesses.”

The sheriff said, “In addition, the assistance of the Ahoskie Police Department with their canine unit is always a great asset for operations such as this and greatly appreciated. When agencies work together, it creates great success and collaboration in our law enforcement efforts to combat crime. We would like to thank the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office for their collaboration with our agency.”