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Police: Shooter at Chicken Shack was attacked

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Deputy Chief Ted Sauls

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By Tyler Stocks
Staff Writer

Monday, July 22, 2019

A man detained by Greenville police after a fatal shooting on Sunday was being attacked by several people before he pulled a gun and started firing, the Greenville Police Department reported.

The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Chicken Shack, 425 Hooker Road, near J.H. Rose High School, Deputy Chief Ted Sauls said during a Monday news conference. He did not know what the group was fighting over but said there were multiple individuals assaulting a single individual.

“Once that occurred at the business, the shooter responded by returning fire,” Sauls said. Cortavious Arrington, 21, was killed and C-Allah Coombs Jr., 22, was injured and transported to Vidant Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Sauls said Arrington, Coombs Jr. and the other individuals attacking the shooter have criminal histories and are known to Greenville police.

Department of Corrections records show Arrington has previous felony drug convictions dating back to 2014. He got out of prison in December.

Coombs just got out of prison last month for drugs. And in 2013, when Coombs was 17, he was one of two men charged for firing shots from a vehicle on Worthington Road that prompted a lockdown at nearby D.H. Conley High School.

Sauls said there were a number of “aggressors” and that the circumstances are unknown at this point.

The gun used was legally purchased and registered to the shooter who Sauls said, had a concealed carry permit. Shell casings were recovered at the scene and the shooter handed over his weapon and has been cooperative with police, Sauls said.

While many are questioning if the shooting was self-defense, Sauls said he did not feel comfortable labeling it as the case is currently being handled by the Pitt County District Attorney Faris Dixon’s office.

“At this point we’re waiting to get all the facts together and then we’ll sit down and see what the facts show,” Dixon said later.

When asked about possible charges facing the shooter, Dixon said, “At this point, we’re leaving all avenues open and not making a decision before we have all the facts.”

No charges have been filed in the case at this point, Sauls said.

“It’s an unfortunate incident. Any loss of life is tragic. Incidents like this are often preventable if we know about them. And somebody probably knew more than we know,” Sauls said.

Contact Tyler Stocks at tstocks@reflector.com or 252-329-9566. Follow him on Twitter @Tylerstocks1987

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