Persons of interest ID'd in shooting

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Tyshaun Henry


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Elizabeth City police remain tight-lipped about the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old city man nearly 6½ months ago, but a few more details of the incident have become public thanks to state medical records.

Police have identified persons of interest in the slaying of Tyshaun Henry, but won’t be releasing any names or details due to the ongoing probe, police spokesman Jamie Judge said in an email Wednesday. No arrests have been made in Henry’s fatal shooting June 16 in the 100 block of Celeste Street.

An autopsy report, released earlier this week, shows Henry died of gunshot wounds to his chest and right arm. The report also contains details about the incident police so far have not released.

According to the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Henry was in a vacant house at 118 Celeste Street with two other people the evening of June 16 when two males entered and shot at them. 

The report said one of the two people with Henry, a man, escaped without injury. A woman, however, was struck by the gunfire and transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia. Police eventually identified the woman as 18-year-old McKenzie Farr.

Henry, who also was struck by the gunfire, was transported to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center after police were notified of the gunfire but died less than an hour later, the medical examiner’s report states.

Besides the gunshot wounds Henry suffered, the medical examiner’s report shows he also suffered a blunt force injury to his head.

Henry’s mother, Arnita Cowell, has said the property at 118 Celeste had been the residence of her aunt Suella Dew who died in April 2014.

According to Cowell, her son had occupied Dew’s residence at 118 Celeste Street so it wouldn’t be vandalized. She said Henry, a 2015 graduate of Camden County High School, had worked for a local power-washing business.

Anyone with any additional information about the case is asked to phone police Detective Grace Bray at 335-4321, ext. 7128, or email her at gbray@cityofec.com