Tar Heel man killed in Dublin shooting

W. Curt Vincent - cvincent@civitasmedia.com


DUBLIN — A shooting on Sunday resulted in the death of a Tar Heel man and neither of the suspects have been apprehended.

According to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker, the shooting took place at about 8:30 p.m.

“Deputies arriving in the 400 block of Center Road near the intersection of Twisted Hickory Road found Darrell Dionte Council, 24, unresponsive in a vehicle that had wrecked,” McVicker said. “EMS was called and the victim was transported to Bladen County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

Investigators have determined that Council and an unidentified brother were in a late model SUV and had pulled up to a stop sign at the intersection of Center Road and Twisted Hickory Road when they were confronted by two individuals armed with handguns.

“Shots were fired into the Council vehicle,” McVicker said. “Darrell Council, who was driving, attempted to get away from the shooters. (He) drove approximately 200 yards before losing control of the vehicle and driving into a ditch.”

Council’s brother, who was not injured, was able to get help.

“We are actively investigating this murder,” said McVicker. “My deputies have been working this case since (Sunday) night and have been able to identify a person of interest and are attempting to locate him at this time.”

McVicker said on Tuesday his office has a warrant charging first-degree murder on Montise Arman Mitchell, 24, of Saint Pauls.

Mitchell stands 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has a medium complexion and wears his hair in dreadlocks. He is known to have ties to Bladen, Robeson and Cumberland counties.

“If you have any information on the whereabouts of Montise Mitchell, please call our office at 910-862-6960,” said McVicker. “Please do not attempt to approach Mitchell. You should consider him armed and dangerous. If you see him or know where he might be please call us and help us get a dangerous person off the streets.”

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.


W. Curt Vincent


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