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Police search continues for shooting suspect

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From staff reports

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Elizabeth City police are continuing their search for  Caprie Anthony Paige, an Elizabeth City man wanted on a number of shooting-related charges.

“We are continuing to follow up on leads in this case,” police Sgt. Eddie Graham said in an email today. “This is an ongoing investigation.”

City police suspended their search for Paige Wednesday night. City Manager Rich Olson said police Chief Eddie Buffaloe Jr. informed him the search was suspended because Buffaloe believed continuing it in darkness "would not be effective."

Prior to suspending the search, more than 100 law enforcement officers from multiple agencies were methodically searching for Paige in a thickly wooded, swampy area west of Elizabeth City.

Speaking shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, Buffaloe said officers were searching for Paige near Parsonage Street Extended.

Asked if police were searching a specific location for Paige today, Graham said police are not aware of “Mr. Paige’s location at this time.”

Police started the search for Paige roughly around noon after he fled officers who were attempting to serve him with outstanding warrants.

Paige, 22, and whose last known address is the 300 block of East Church Street, is one of two suspects in a Sept. 2 incident in which police say the men shot into an occupied vehicle on Edge Street. No injuries were reported in the incident.

In addition to discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, Paige and Khyree Dashaun Banks, 25, are charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

According to a press release, police received a Crime Line tip that Paige was at the Traveler’s Inn motel off North Road Street. However, he fled after apparently learning police were looking for him.

Police initially appeared to be looking for Paige in an neighborhood behind the motel, according to a reporter who went to the scene. Their search then expanded to a wooded area that borders Knobbs Creek.

Police are urging anyone with information about Paige’s location to call the Elizabeth City Police Department at 335-4321, Central Communications at 331-1500 or 911.

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