ELIZABETHTOWN — A Bladen County man has been arrested after a two-month search in connection with a shooting that injured another man and charged with attempted first-degree murder.
On Jan. 18, Elizabethtown Police officers were called to a located near Quail and Davis streets on a report of shots being fired. No victim of the shooting was found, but an investigation took officers a few blocks away, where they located the vehicle they believed was used to flee the scene.
Officers arrested several individuals suspected of taking part in the shooting — including Saquon Reginald Covington, 25, of Elizabethtown. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and booked him into the Bladen County Jail.
“Officers then learned that a victim had arrived at the emergency room of Bladen County Hospital with a gunshot wound,” said Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw.
When it was learned that Covington may have been the trigger man, and that he had almost immediately bonded out of jail, officers obtained a warrant for his arrest and began looking for him.
“Covington (also) failed to appear in court on the carry concealed weapon charge,” Kinlaw added.
But on Friday, March 21, Officer Jeremy Martin stopped a vehicle at about 10:45 a.m. near East Broad and Lower streets and discovered that Covington was in the vehicle.
Covington was taken into custody and again booked into the Bladen County Jail.
He was unable to bond out this time, however, as his bond was set at $1,010,000 on the attempted first-degree murder and failure to appear charges.