Man shot in confrontation with officers

Published 9:41 am Thursday, March 30, 2017

Two separate chases from other counties ended in Davie County within the past week, one with a suspect being shot by law enforcement officers.

US 64 East was shut down for hours Sunday afternoon and evening after the second incident, in which a Statesville man, Steven Peter Little, 30, was shot. He is being treated for those injuries at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

That chase started Sunday afternoon in Iredell County, when N.C. Highway Patrol officers tried to stop the Honda driven by Little for a license tag violation. A chase ensued, traveling from one end of Davie County to the other, when the Honda wrecked near Peter Hairston Road and the Davidson County line.

Three Highway Patrol officers, two from Iredell and one from Davie, were involved in the chase. Two Davie County Sheriff’s officers were on the scene after the wreck.

The suspect ran from the vehicle into nearby woods, where he was cornered by officers, said Davie Sheriff J.D. Hartman, who added that the SBI is heading the investigation. Little refused to obey commands and threatened the officers, and began charging towards them when the officers started shooting, Hartman said.

N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker told the Statesville Record & Landmark it was an “armed confrontation.”

Authorities have not released how many shots were fired, or how many hit the suspect. Hartman said he thought Little was struck by four shots. All of the officers have been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation.

Little was wanted on multiple charges in Iredell County, and has past convictions which include larceny, breaking and entering, selling a Schedule I controlled substance and obtaining property by false pretense, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

Two people were arrested after a domestic incident with vehicles made its way from Salisbury into Davie County on Wednesday, March 22.

Shavonne Walker of the Salisbury Post reported the chase reached speeds of 100 mph.

Teresa Christina White and Steven Michael Jones Jr. were in a vehicle following Keith Tyrone Reid, who had just left work at 11 p.m. on Statesville Boulevard in Salisbury. Reid said he noticed the vehicle was following him, and someone in that vehicle began firing shots at him on West Innes Street, Walker reported.

Reid tried to lose the vehicle, but it kept following him, he said. He took off on US 601 toward Davie County, and soon heard shots being fired again toward his vehicle, and knew one had penetrated a window. When the vehicle tried to pass or pull along side him, he sped up and called 911.

Davie Sheriff’s officers were waiting at the county line when the vehicles approached, Walker reported. The suspects stopped at Fairfield and Will Boone Road, and the passenger, White, jumped from the car and ran. She was apprehended in the woods a short time later.

Deputies determined a bullet went through the rear window and exited through the windshield. Another bullet hit the bumper. Officers confiscated two handguns, a cellphone and a pair of gloves.

Reid and White had once dated.

White, 39, of Salisbury, was charged by Rowan authorities with firing into an occupied vehicle, resisting an officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was charged by Davie County with possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Jones, 50, of Spencer, was charged by Rowan with shooting into an occupied vehicle, felony possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm by a felon, fleeing to elude arrest, speeding, reckless driving, and unsafe passing. He was charged by Davie with fleeing to elude arrest, speeding, driving while licens revoked, and reckless driving.