TARBORO, N.C. — Authorities said a Winston-Salem woman who was the subject of a statewide Silver Alert was shot and killed by state troopers Sunday morning after a pursuit.
Law enforcement officials said Robersonville police tried stopping 60-year-old Melissa Anne Jenkins at around 10:30 a.m. and she led authorities on a chase along westbound U.S. 64 into Edgecombe County.
Officials said she was pulled over in her white 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee on the highway about 15 minutes later. They said she was heavily armed.
Officials said that woman was shot after she pointed a weapon at law enforcement officers, who returned fire, at around 11:45 a.m.
Authorities said two troopers have been placed on administrative duty pending the investigation, Trooper W. R. Bulluck and Trooper S. A. Stone.
Officials said Bulluck is a 10-year veteran assigned to the Troop C District 1 patrol office in Nash County and Trooper S. A. Stone is a 5-year veteran assigned to the Troop A District 5 patrol office in Pitt County.
Authorities said the Martin County Sheriff’s Department, Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Department, Tarboro Police Department and Robersonville Police Department were also involved in the incident.
Officials said they do not know yet if the two troopers placed on administrative duty are the ones who fired the fatal shots.