By WECT Staff | May 25, 2021 at 1:12 PM EDT – Updated May 25 at 4:17 PM
WHITE LAKE, N.C. (WECT) – Police in White Lake say a dispute over a porch escalated to a man pulling a gun on an officer and then leading authorities on a chase through Bladen and Sampson counties Monday afternoon.
According to Chief Bruce Smith, the suspect, identified as 60-year-old Richard Wayne Roof of Greensboro, got into a verbal dispute with a manager at Camp Clearwater about a porch that was being built at the campsite.
The manager eventually called police around 3:30 p.m. as the dispute between the two escalated.
At some point, Roof went to his golf cart and grabbed a pistol, pointing it at the manager and the officer, Smith said.
Roof then got into his truck and led authorities on a chase through Bladen and Sampson counties before law enforcement used stop sticks to disable his truck near the border between the two counties.
Roof was taken into custody and charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, assault by pointing a gun, and fleeing to elude arrest. The incident is still under investigation and additional charges are likely, Smith added.
He was booked into the Bladen County Jail under a $100,000 bond.
Chief Smith was relieved that the incident didn’t turn deadly.
“It could have went very bad but thank God it didn’t. It worked itself out that, thank God, no one was hurt,” Smith said.
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