HENDERSON — A Tuesday night robbery attempt at a house on David Street just outside Henderson left a man dead and a woman and a child injured, Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame said.
Authorities have already arrested and charged 24-year-old Dequante Jabree Terry with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Willard Ray Dement Jr., 38.
Terry is being held in the Vance County Jail without bond on the murder charge, and on a $750,000 secured bond on the other charges he faces: two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and attempted armed robbery.
Dispatchers sent deputies and Henderson police to 956 David St. at 7:42 p.m. about a shooting. Dement was dead by the time they got there.
Brame said the incident “took place on the front porch and [at] the front door of the house,” and that deputies found him lying in the doorway.
The other two victims were taken to Maria Parham Health. The child was treated and released. The woman, 42, was later airlifted to Duke University Hospital in Durham.
The case remains under investigation, with sheriff’s deputies and State Bureau of Investigation detectives working on it. Brame said a question they were looking at as of Wednesday was whether there was an additional suspect.
Deputies and police officers patrolled the area after the shooting and soon found “a person of interest,” namely Terry. They brought him to the sheriff’s office while SBI and sheriff’s detectives questioned people in the neighborhood.
Brame said authorities “have no evidence” to indicate the victims returned fire at their assailant. Both Terry and Dement have criminal records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety that include convictions for illegal firearms possession.
Terry was on parole following a stint in state prison this year at the Polk Correctional Institution in Butner.
He was in Polk from March 23 to June 9 after a conviction in Vance County on charges of possession of firearms by a convicted felon and possession of Schedule VI drugs with intent to sell. Schedule VI drug charges typically involve marijuana.
His parole was to run until March 6, 2021.
Terry was also imprisoned from September 2015 to March 2017 over convictions on charges of larceny and common-law robbery.
Brame said investigators are still seeking information from the public about Tuesday’s shooting, with the Vance County Sheriff’s Office taking calls at 252-738-2200.
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