A Wednesday night chase that started at Camp Lejeune and ended inside the city limits of Jacksonville, North Carolina, has landed a Marine in jail. Details on the convoluted chase were released by WITN News 7 late last night. Readers might need a score card to follow the ordeal.
Officers from the Jacksonville Police force say Brandon Henry, 21, was driving a vehicle initially being chased by Camp Lejeune police. When Henry entered the city, officers made an attempt to stop the car near Huff Drive and Corbin Road. The report indicates that Henry initially stopped then stomped on the gas and tried to run over Officer Jan Friis. Officer Friis shot at Henry’s car. For a time during the police chase, at least one street was blocked for the public’s safety.
After Brandon Henry (no rank listed) and his passenger, who turned out to be his wife, were taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital, the wife said she was unconscious in the car and her husband was just trying to get her to the hospital. Both the driver and the passenger were released from the hospital but not before Mrs. Henry had this to say:
“One bullet came through the front window, the windshield and the other came in the passenger side, right behind my head, close to the door.”
She also claimed that one of the bullets hit her husband in the arm. There was no confirmation from the hospital to substantiate that claim. Mrs. Henry gave no clue as to why she was unconscious in the first place. It was not disclosed if toxicology tests were done on the Henrys.
Mrs. Henry claims her husband stopped for the police and then suffered a panic attack and was only trying to go around the officers when one of them opened fire. She said she had been medically discharged from the Marines and said that both she and her husband suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Brandon Henry is facing multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon against a government official, and fleeing or eluding arrest. He remains in the Onslow County Jail and is scheduled to go before a judge Monday morning.
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