A Jacksonville man charged with attempted murder after a shooting in the Myrtlewood Apartment complex has appeared in court.
Octavious Tyress Bryant-Jackson, 18, of Myrtlewood Circle in Jacksonville was arrested by the Jacksonville Police Department hours after the Tuesday afternoon shooting and charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill.
He is accused of engaging two men in a fight in the area of 510 Myrtlewood Circle around 2 p.m. Tuesday before allegedly pulling out a .357 SIG handgun and shooting several times striking both men, according to JPD Capt. Ashley Weaver in a press release.
Manzell K. Smith Jr, 26, of Jacksonville was transported to Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, where he was later flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he was listed in critical condition. The second person, Neino R Parker, 21, of Jacksonville, declined medical transport at the scene, according to police.
Bryant was taken into custody at 4:27 p.m. at a Jim Blake Road residence, according to Weaver.
“We appreciate the assistance of deputies from the Onslow County Sheriff Office and their K-9 with searching for the subject in the initial stages of the investigation,” said Sergeant Mark Ketchum, JPD Investigations Supervisor.
During his court appearance, he went before District Court Judge Henry Stevens lV and was provided Thomasine Moore as his court-appointed attorney. Bryant-Jackson’s bond is set at $575,000 and remains in the Onslow County Jail, according to Vinelink. Bryant-Jackson is scheduled to return to court on April 4.
Weaver said the case remains an open and active investigation and asks anyone with information about the incident to contact JPD Detective Daniel Karratti at 910-938-6410, firstname.lastname@example.org or call Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information that is determined to be of value or assistance to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).
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