Teen shooting suspect arrested

Staff report

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies managed to catch up with 17-year-old Jacob Trey McKenzie, of Minturn Avenue in Hamlet, three days after he was named as a suspect in an argument that turned violent.

Photo courtesy Richmond County Sheriff's Office Jacob Trey McKenzie

Photo courtesy Richmond County Sheriff’s Office
Jacob Trey McKenzie

McKenzie, on the run since Wednesday, was caught Saturday in Bennettsville, S.C., and was arrested while riding in a vehicle, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. McKenzie waived extradition and was returned to Richmond County.

On Wednesday, deputies responded to a 911 emergency call for a report of a possible gunshot victim on Duncan Road in Hamlet. When deputies arrived, they located a male victim with a gunshot wound to his left hand. According to police, the victim told investigators he had gotten into an argument with McKenzie, and McKenzie pulled out a handgun and shot at him, striking him in his hand.

McKenzie was charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and  possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

He was placed in Richmond County Jail on a $100,000 secured bond.

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