Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) apprehended a man on Old Greensboro Highway near the White Cross Fire Station at approximately 1:45 this morning. The man, a suspect in a shooting late Tuesday evening in Knightdale, also shot into a dwelling in the Spring Hill Mobile Home Park off Old Greensboro Highway. No one was hurt at the second location.
A deputy responding to the Spring Hill Mobile Home Park after receiving a call about gun shots in the neighborhood saw the suspect’s vehicle leaving the park. The 911 caller identified the shooter by name. After trying to stop the vehicle, the deputy discontinued pursuit as the driver sped toward Alamance County at over 100 miles per hour. The deputy returned to the neighborhood to assess the scene.
As the deputy was returning to the mobile home park, Wake County officials broadcast a BOLO (be on the lookout) for Travis Locklear, the same name given by the person who reported the shots fired call in Orange County. The BOLO warned that Locklear was armed and had just shot a man in Knightdale.
Moments later, Orange Communications (911) received a call from a motorist about a car in a ditch at the intersection of Orange Chapel Clover Garden Church Road and Old Greensboro Highway. The involved vehicle matched the description provided by Wake County and the vehicle seen leaving Spring Hill. The driver fled the scene of the crash on foot. The North Carolina Highway Patrol took over the crash investigation while units from the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office and the Chapel Hill Police Department assisted Orange County deputies with the manhunt for Locklear.
Officers and deputies established a perimeter while a K9 unit ran a track. One of the deputies on that perimeter saw Locklear near the White Cross fire station, almost three miles east of the crash site and took him into custody without further incident.
Locklear faces first degree burglary and larceny from the person charges in Orange County connected with prior events at the Spring Hill Mobile Home Park residence on Sunday morning, May 30. Additionally, Orange County deputies charged Locklear with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, and felony flee to elude arrest in connection with the events early this morning in Orange County.
Deputies with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office filed charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, larceny of a motor vehicle, and discharging weapon into occupied property for the events in Knightdale.
Jamison Sykes, chief of operations for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, praised the collaboration between agencies that resulted in Locklear’s arrest this morning. “This was a complicated, rapidly evolving, and dangerous situation. The successful outcome is a testament to the hard work and cooperative efforts of many people. The involved agencies functioned with one purpose; we are grateful for these critical partnerships.”
Locklear is in the Orange County detention center under a $326,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2 pm today in Hillsborough.