Melissa Anne Jenkins
Trooper S. A. Stone
Trooper W.R. Bulluck
Raleigh, NC -- A woman reported missing on Friday, March 29 is dead after being shot and killed by officers after a chase through two counties.
Friday, a Silver Alert was issued around 4:50 p.m., for Melissa Anne Jenkins, 60 of Winston Salem. According to the missing persons report, Jenkins was operating a white 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee displaying a North Carolina registration and was possibly traveling east to the Manteo area.
Today, around 10:25 a.m., the Robersonville Police Department attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a white Jeep Grand Cherokee on US 64 west. The driver refused to stop and led authorities on a chase. The driver continued into Edgecombe County on US 64 west where the Troopers and other law enforcement agencies assisted in the pursuit.
At 10:40 am the vehicle pulled onto the shoulder at mile marker 482 due to a flat tire. The female driver, identified as Melissa Anne Jenkins by Highway Patrol, was armed with multiple weapons and was ordered to get out of the Jeep. Jenkins refused commands from officers who continued negotiating with her in an attempt to get her to surrender.
According to Jeff Gordon with the NC State Highway Patrol around 11:45 a.m., Jenkins got out of her vehicle, pointed a gun directly at officers who returned fire. Jenkins died on the scene, Gordon said.
As a result of the fatal shooting, Highway patrol has placed two Troopers on Administrative Duty pending the investigation, which is standard operating procedure.
Those Troopers are identified as:
Trooper W. R. Bulluck who is a 10-year veteran assigned to the Troop C District 1 patrol office located in Nash County and Trooper S. A. Stone, a 5-year veteran, assigned to the Troop A District 5 patrol office located in Pitt County.
Gordon said several other law enforcement agencies also returned fire and it is unclear who fired the fatal shot.
The State Bureau of Investigation (S.B.I.) is the lead investigating agency into this incident and is on-going at this time.
In addition to the Highway Patrol, the following agencies were involved in this incident; Martin County Sheriff's Department, Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department, Tarboro Police Department and Robersonville Police Department, Gordon said.
**Silver Alerts are issued for persons believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.