Edenton man charged after shooting incident near ECSU


Tyquiris Cofield


From staff reports

Sunday, April 15, 2018

An Edenton man with an apparent felony record is facing a number of firearms-related charges after Elizabeth City police say he fired an assault weapon at several buildings and vehicles near the Elizabeth City State University campus early Sunday.

Tyquiris Cofield, 26, was arrested after police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1600 block of Halstead Boulevard shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday.

According to a police press release, officers were confronted by a large crowd when they arrived in the parking lot of the Viking Village Apartments, which serves as student housing for students attending ECSU across the street. Police saw a number of people running from the parking lot as they arrived, the release states.

No injuries were reported in the incident, but police did find several buildings and vehicles had been struck by gunfire, the release states. Investigators recovered both an AK-47 rifle and several fired shell casings from the weapon at the scene.

Cofield is charged with two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, four counts of injury to personal property, going armed to the terror of the public and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held at Albemarle District Jail in lieu of a $112,000 secured bond.

Officer Lamont Butts, a spokesman for the police department, said Cofield is not a student at the university. He declined to release further details, citing the ongoing police investigation.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the department at 335-4321 or Crime Line at 335-5555. All information received will remain anonymous and strictly confidential