Murder suspect falls through ceiling during police search


Kourtney Terrell Reed

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ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina murder suspect was arrested after officials said he fell through the ceiling while police were searching a home.

Authorities said 20-year-old Kourtney Terrell Reed was arrested Wednesday at a Robeson County home after he unsuccessfully tried hiding from law enforcement.

“He tried to hide in the ceiling or the crawl space upstairs and fell, literally, into the arms of task force members,” said Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock, according to the Fayetteville Observer.

Medlock said members of the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force were searching the house in St. Pauls when Reed was captured.

The suspect is one of five people facing charges in connection to the death of 27-year-old Errol Williams of Rockingham on Sept. 1.

Police said the victim had stopped at a Fayetteville gas station when he was forced to drive the suspects to another location. He was shot as he tried to escape.

The other suspects have also been arrested and all face various charges including kidnapping and murder.

Police have also charged 36-year-old Anthony Solomon Porter, 31-year-old Kelly Eugene Elliott, 31-year-old Eric Lamont Phillips and 21-year-old Joseph DeShawn Haskins.

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