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North Carolina State Troopers Use Stop Stick to End Three County Chase.

May 2, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Customer Stories, Stop Stick Products

North Carolina State Troopers Use Stop Stick to End Three County Chase.

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“This is another great example of law enforcement agencies working closely together to remove violent criminals from our streets. This is also another great example of why law enforcement agencies must have the technology and resources we have…”

– Sheriff Tyrone Ruffin, Bertie County

Oak City North Carolina (May 1, 2024): In Oak County, an armed carjacking grew into a high-speed chase that spanned through Bertie and Hertford counties.  The long chase was put to an end after officers were able to catch the criminals with the help of Stop Stick.

 

The Start of a Chase

On Saturday, April 26th, Devonte Jamal Cofield and Lamajae Ki’tory Norfleet carjacked a vehicle in Martin County and a report was sent out with a description of the vehicle.  This is when Sgt. Harris Williams and Dep. Demurio Pillmon noticed the car passing through the Lewiston Woodville area.  The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, who refused and began driving at 100mph.

 

Ending the Car Chase

While tracking down the carjacking vehicle, Sgt. Williams noticed a second car that was following the suspect’s car.  It turned out that the car was also involved in the carjacking.  As the chase continued, Bertie County notified Hertford County.  As the suspects crossed the county line, N.C. State Highway Patrol officers successfully deployed a Stop Stick, preventing the car from continuing.

 

The Last Straw

After the car hit the Stop Stick, the driver decided to attempt to run on foot from the cops.  To get him, Ahoskie Police Department and the N.C. State Highway Patrol set a perimeter with K9 units and drones.  One of the drones found the suspect on a construction tent.  After being surrounded, the suspect finally surrendered.  During the search, officers were also able to verify that the car following the suspects were also accomplices in the carjacking.

 

The Aftermath

Jamal Cofield was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, first degree kidnapping, assault by pointing a gun, possession of a stolen vehicle, felony flee to elude arrest, and possession of marijuana.  Lamajae Ki’tory Norfleet was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

 

Working Together

With the teamwork of multiple counties and the officers protecting them, as well as the technology of Stop Stick, this story may have a different ending.  Bertie County Sheriff Tyrone Ruffin also agrees with this:

“This is another great example of law enforcement agencies working closely together to remove violent criminals from our streets. This is also another great example of why law enforcement agencies must have the technology and resources we have,  I commend each of the officers and agencies involved in apprehending the suspects including, Bertie County Communications, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Hertford County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Highway Patrol.” – Sheriff Tyrone Ruffin, Bertie County

National SRO Appreciation Day

Link to article by John Foley: https://www.reflector.com/enterprise/news/local/three-county-chase-began-in-oak-city/article_8d7f3fd8-07b5-11ef-9ffe-3b83a4d9ce10.html