A Roanoke Rapids man with a history of violence recently released from prison has been shot while robbing a local business and is in critical condition.
Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said deputies responded to a business in the Roanoke Rapids area around 11:40 p.m. Friday in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, Tripp said, deputies found Cul Priest Jones, 40, lying in the parking lot suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Tripp said the business owner, who also resides at the business, was awakened during the night and when he went to investigate, found the suspect behind the cash register with a handgun. The business owner, Tripp said, was assaulted during the encounter and fired “several” shots at the suspect with a handgun.
Investigation revealed the suspect had attempted to pry open two safes as well as the register.