A man accused of shooting at an off-duty Cumberland County deputy appears to have done so at random.

A Sheriff's Office spokesman said Thursday night the shooting "targeted" the deputy. Sheriff Ennis Wright said Monday the investigation so far shows the shooting was random. And he was clear on what he thought of suspects David Scott Bain, who appeared before a judge Monday, and James Robert Gibbons.

“These guys should not be out on the streets,” Wright said.

Bain, 33, surrendered to authorities late Friday evening. Warrants said he is charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer, possession of a firearm by a felon and fleeing to elude arrest.

District Court Judge David Hasty kept Bain’s bail at the original $2.5 million. Hasty asked Bain if he had the money to make bail.

“No sir, I can’t even buy Oodles of Noodles,” Bain told the judge.

Hasty responded by mandating that Bain receive a GPS monitor if he makes bail.

Deputy J.B. Cashwell was cutting grass at his home in eastern Cumberland County when Bain slowly drove a white sport utility vehicle by his residence, Wright said after Bain’s first appearance.

Gibbons, 29, was a passenger in the vehicle. Cashwell looked up, according to Wright, and saw the barrel of a gun coming from the driver’s side of the vehicle.

One round was fired in the direction of Cashwell, who was not hurt. Wright said Cashwell then got into his unmarked pickup patrol vehicle to drive after Gibbons and Bain. A chase ensued into Sampson County.

When Cashwell turned on his  blue lights, Bain and Gibbons drove into a wooded area off Horseshoe Road and jumped out of their vehicle.

Authorities caught Gibbons that night in the woods. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and other misdemeanor charges. His bail was also set at $2.5 million.

Hasty also mandated that Gibbons receive a GPS monitor if he makes bail.

Lt. Sean Swain said possible ties between the deputy and suspects are still under investigation. The Sheriff's Office has not determined who pulled the trigger.

Gibbons has previously been convicted of a drug violation. In 2002, Bain pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle. Just a teenager himself, Bain was convicted of killing 19-year-old Charles Robert Cook in the Cedar Creek area of Cumberland County.

Bain was released from prison in May 2016, according to prison records.

 

Staff writer Monica Vendituoli can be reached at mvendituoli@fayobserver.com or 486-3596.