Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Subject Wanted for Assault on Law Enforcement Officer Arrested in Fayetteville

Fayetteville, NC - Dundra Sharess Merrell, 24, of Brunswick, GA, was arrested today in Fayetteville by members of the Eastern District of North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force and Fayetteville Police Department. Merrell was wanted by the Brunswick Police Department for Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

The alleged conduct occurred in the early morning hours of July 9th in Brunswick, GA, and began when Merrell fired a weapon into a motor vehicle on Bourbon Street. One individual inside the vehicle was struck and Merrell then fired on a responding Brunswick Police Officer.

The investigation to locate Merrell was turned over to the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in Savannah the next day and investigators worked tirelessly to track down Merrell. These efforts shifted to Fayetteville earlier this week and resulted in Merrell’s arrest in the 2800 block of Coronada Parkway. Merrell was taken into custody without incident and is currently being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

The Eastern District of North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force is comprised of officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Fayetteville Police Department, Greenville Police Department, Kinston Department of Public Safety, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, NC Department of Public Safety/Security Services, NC State Highway Patrol, Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, Raleigh Police Department, Rocky Mount Police Department, Wilmington Police Department and Wilson Police Department.

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