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Hamlet Police charge man with shooting into home

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HAMLET — A man is facing two felony and three misdemeanor charges after allegedly shooting into a home last week.


According to arrest warrants, 43-year-old Ezekiel Leavell III, of Rockingham, used a long rifle of an unknown caliber to shoot at another man and into a home on Raleigh Street on Oct. 16.

Investigators with the Hamlet Police Department say the shooting occurred around 11:30 a.m. and only one shot was fired.

The brick of the home was reportedly damaged in the shooting.

Leavell is charged with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and discharging a weapon into an occupied property, as well as one misdemeanor count each of assault by pointing a gun and injury to real property.

He is also accused of “refusing to provide correct identification” to a deputy with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office who was investigating an assault. For that, Leavell was charged with one misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer.

He was given a $25,000 secured bond and released the same day.

As a condition of release, Leavell has been ordered to have no contact with the two victims or to be on or about the Raleigh Street property. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 5.

According to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction, Leavell was first convicted in 1998 of violating a local ordinance.

Two years later, he was convicted of resisting a public officer, disorderly conduct and driving while impaired.

He was convicted again the following year of driving with a revoked license, resisting a public officer, reckless driving and assault on an officer or state employee, records show.

Leavell received probation for each conviction.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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