Roanoke Rapids Police Department

2 pedestrians struck, killed

At approximately 12:58 p.m. Sunday, the Roanoke Rapids Police Department responded to the area of Premier Boulevard and Highway 158 in regard to two pedestrians being struck by a motor vehicle.

According to witnesses to the incident, a group of approximately eight pedestrians were crossing the road when two pedestrians were struck, according to a press release from Chief Bobby Martin. The two pedestrians were pronounced deceased at the scene and have been identified as Nuria Martinez Carrillo, 31, and Isidro Lopez Santos, 31, both from Mexico. The two pedestrians were a part of a traveling carnival that was passing through this area to an unknown destination. The driver in the incident was uninjured and no charges have been filed at this point in the investigation.

The highway patrol assisted in this investigation.

“This is a tragic incident and the Roanoke Rapids Police Department sends it thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this incident,” Chief Martin said.

Shooting incident

At approximately 6 p.m. Friday, Officer Curry was at his residence when he noticed a white Chevrolet Camaro driving very slow in front of his residence. Shortly after noticing this vehicle, Officer Curry witnessed the driver of the vehicle put his arm out the window and fire multiple shots in the direction of Officer Robert’s home. He immediately contacted 911 and had a deputy from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office respond.

Later that evening, RRPD officers took a proactive approach to aid in identifying the male subject. At approximately 1 a.m., Sgt. Horne with the RRPD stopped a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle. Upon a roadside interview conducted by Sgt. Horne and Detective Batchelor, they were able to determine that the driver, Malik Arrington, was the suspect involved in the shooting.

Through a joint investigation by the HCSO and the RRPD, it was determined this was a misuse of a firearm and law enforcement was not directly targeted, according to a press release from Chief Martin.

Arrington was charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon due to firing it in the close proximity of the officer’s home.

These incidents are reviewed closely to ensure the proper charges are obtained and the suspects charged accordingly, according to Chief Martin.

“Through this joint investigation, it was determined the shots were fired in close proximity to the officer’s home and not directly at it,” Chief Martin said. “The discharging of a firearm in a careless manner is never a good idea, and once a bullet leaves the weapon it does not have a name on it.”