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Man arrested for having a stolen firearm from TX after an altercation in Tarboro

On Monday, June 8, 2020 at approximately 8:45 pm, several members of the Tarboro Police Department responded to the area of Brown’s Grocery, located at 1013 Bradley Avenue, regarding an on-going physical altercation. Upon arrival, the first responding officer identified one of the individuals involved and noticed the handle of a handgun protruding from his clothing as he reached down to retrieve an item from the ground. As officers attempted to speak with the individual he began walking away at which point other officers arrived on scene and began approaching him. In doing so, the individual became irate and refused to comply with the officer’s commands. Knowing a weapon was involved, officers had to physically subdue the individual during which he began spitting on them. Once secured, a handgun was removed from his waistband. As a result of an existing medical condition, the Edgecombe County Rescue Squad was dispatched to the scene to treat the detained individual. While doing so, he once again became combative and had to be restrained pending treatment at Edgecombe Vidant Hospital. A query of the handgun revealed that it had been reported stolen from San Antonio, Texas. It was also confirmed that the individual was a convicted felon. As a result of this incident and these findings, the 41-year-old Tarboro man BERNARD PHILLIPS was placed under arrest and charged with: one (1) count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon; one (1) count of Possession of a Stolen Firearm; one (1) count of Felony Carrying a Concealed Gun; one (1) count of Resisting a Public Officer; and one (1) count of Assault on a Government Official. He was subsequently secured in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $35,000.00 bond. It should be noted that the same individual was arrested by our agency in October of 2018 for Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Possession of a Firearm by Felon.


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