Saturday 17 Aug 2019


Police Respond To Gunfire At Walmart

Around 1:50 PM Friday, Goldsboro Police Officers responded to the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 1140 Tommys Road in reference to the report of a fight and shots fired in the parking lot.  Callers advised that the fight involved approximately four individuals and that at least one was running from the scene.

Upon arrival of GPD officers and further investigation of the incident, it was determined that bond agents, Byron Thompson and Joquita Rivers from 1st Action Bail Bonding, were attempting to take Tony Patrick into their custody for bond surrender.  The bond agents confronted Patrick as he sat in a vehicle operated by Meaghan Coble.  At that time, a physical altercation ensued and Coble drove off striking the agents’ vehicle while Thompson was hanging partially inside of her vehicle.  Coble drove to the opposite side of the parking lot and stopped. During this time, Thompson’s handgun fell from its holster, struck the ground, and discharged one round.  Patrick fled on foot, but was taken into custody by Thompson a short distance away.

No one was injured as a result of the accidental discharge of the firearm.  Coble suffered a possible broken arm during the incident and was transported to Wayne UNC Health Care for treatment.  Patrick complained of minor injury and was also seen by EMS personnel, but refused transport to the hospital.  All parties were ultimately released from the scene.  Thompson’s handgun was seized pending further investigation.  Charges resulting from the incident are also pending further investigation.

One Comment

  1. Ugh says:

    Wow… Just a couple of weeks later and the elementary school next door would have been in session

    Reply

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