ELIZABETHTOWN — Gunfire erupted on Bohica Drive in Elizabethtown on Thursday morning, and responding Bladen County sheriff’s deputies were faced with a conflicting story upon their arrival.
According to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker, the incident took place at about 4 a.m.
“Our 911 Center received a call … from a woman reporting she had shot herself,” said McVicker. “When EMS and law enforcement arrived they found she had been shot multiple times in the chest and arm with a .22 caliber rifle.
“She then told my deputies that her boyfriend, Johnny Mack Cook … had shot her,” he added.
Clark, 48, of Elizabethtown, however, was nowhere to be found when deputies arrived.
The victim, identified as Sylvia Ann Jacobs, 46, was transported to Bladen County Hospital and then transferred to Cape Fear Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, where she was listed in critical condition.
McVicker said his deputies learned Cook was in the woods behind the Bohica Road home and shots were heard being fired in the woods, presumably by Cook. A canine unit was deployed and tracked Cook back to his residence and, when officers heard Cook inside his residence, they attempted to make contact with him — but he refused to come to the door.
“I requested the help of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office SRT Unit and their Hostage Negotiation Team,” said McVicker. “Sheriff Ingram and his deputies responded to our request for mutual aid and once they arrived we were able to make entry into the home and take the suspect into custody without incident.”
Cook was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, but McVicker said additional charges are pending. Cook was booked into the Bladen County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.
“I know I have said it before but I am so proud of the cooperation we have with the local departments here in Bladen and with the surrounding counties,” said McVicker. “Sheriff John Ingram and his specialty units came to our assistance and Bladenboro and Elizabethtown police officers, as well as the Highway Patrol, helped us with calls while this situation was unfolding. I am in their debt. It is good to know when we need help it is only a phone call away.”
There was no report about what caused the shooting.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.