Police mum on death details


From staff reports

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Lo­cal of­fi­cials aren’t re­leas­ing ad­di­tional de­tails about the shoot­ing death of a 31-year-old man whose body was found off Peartree Road ear­lier this week.

Wal­ter Meads, the lo­cal med­i­cal ex­am­iner, said Wed­nes­day that the man­ner of An­to­nio Daniels’ death will be listed as pend­ing on Daniels’ death cer­tifi­cate.

Meads also said the cause of Daniels’ death will be listed as pend­ing, and will be de­ter­mined by the out­come of an au­topsy to be per­formed at the re­gional med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice at East Carolina Univer­sity in Greenville.

Meads re­ferred all other ques­tions about Daniels’ death to city po­lice of­fi­cials.

Po­lice spokesman Jamie Judge, cit­ing his de­part­ment’s on­go­ing probe, said po­lice had no other in­for­ma­tion to re­lease about Daniels’ death.

At­tempts to im­me­di­ately reach a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the re­gional med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice on Wednesday were un­suc­cess­ful.

Po­lice of­fi­cials said late Mon­day af­ter­noon that Daniels’ body was found a few hours ear­lier in the front yard of a res­i­dence in the 1700 block of Peartree Road. They said Daniels, of the 700 block of Her­ring­ton Road, had died as a re­sult of a shoot­ing.

Po­lice Chief Ed­die Buf­faloe, who was at the scene where Daniels’ body was found, de­clined to an­swer ques­tions about whether Daniels’ death was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as a homi­cide, a self-in­flicted death or an ac­ci­dent, say­ing only, “This is an ac­tive crime scene right now.”