Wanted Person - Michael Laverne Murphy Apprehended

[Rockingham County, N.C.] WANTED PERSON - MICHAEL LAVERNE MURPHY, 46, was located and arrested by the Greensboro Police Department on a number of outstanding felony arrest warrants including shooting at Rockingham County Sheriff's Deputies T. Gautier and C. Dearth during a high speed pursuit on Thursday February 25, 2021.

The original news release from the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office dated Thursday, February 25, 2021 is below.


ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE (Thursday, February 25, 2021):


[Rockingham County, N.C.] - At around 10:50 p.m. last night, Rockingham County Sheriff's Deputies T. Gautier and C. Dearth were on patrol (same vehicle) on U.S. 29 bypass (near the Drum Road bridge in Reidsville) when they observed a vehicle travelling at an excessive speed. The vehicle was a White in color 2006 GMC Sierra truck travelling in the southbound lane U.S. 29 bypass.

Deputy Gautier activated his patrol vehicle's radar and locked the suspect vehicle's speed at 96 mph. Deputy Gautier activated his blue lights and siren in an attempt to initiate a vehicle stop on U.S. 29 bypass near the N.C. 87 intersection. The suspect vehicle refused to stop, instead increasing speed to over 100mph at times towards Guilford County.

On U.S. 29 bypass around McWalker Rd., the suspect began firing several gunshots at Deputies Gautier and Dearth from the driver's side of the suspect's vehicle. The pursuing Deputies reported seeing the bullets fired by the suspect ricocheting off the roadway in front of them. The vehicle pursuit continued, crossing into Guilford County. Rockingham County Sheriff's Deputies continued their pursuit of the vehicle based on the danger they believed it posed to the community at large. Guilford County Sheriff's Deputies entered the pursuit at U.S. 29 near the N.C. 150 exit, at which time they assumed the lead in the pursuit.

The pursuit continued until the suspect vehicle came to an abrupt stop on O'Henry Boulevard near an apartment complex. The driver and only occupant, then jumped out of the truck and fled into the surrounding area on foot. Attempts to locate the suspect were unsuccessful.

A revolver was located on the ground near the driver's side of the suspect vehicle and two bullet holes were found in the tailgate of the suspect's truck. Five of the rounds in the revolver had been discharged, there was one live round still remaining. Rockingham County Deputies Gautier and Dearth were unharmed by the suspect's gunfire or the pursuit.

At this time, Rockingham County Sheriff's Investigators do have a "person of interest" in this case. Anyone who has any information about this incident is asked to call Rockingham County Investigators at 336-634-3232 or the Rockingham County CrimeStoppers Hotline at 336-349-9683.

Sheriff Sam Page and his team at the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Guilford County Sheriff's Office, the Greensboro Police Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol for their assistance in this investigation.