Early Monday morning, Lumberton Police received a call from a concerned citizen saying that there was a person driving recklessly, doing donuts, and spinning out, behind Kings Pharmacy on LHS Drive. The caller was Kevin Garner, Assistant Vice President of Clinical Services at Altus Emergency Center. He reported to police that the vehicle was an older model tan Chevrolet pickup truck.
According to the report, Officer Matt Neal located the vehicle and found the suspect intoxicated and in possession of a .22 pistol. The suspect was identified as Bryce Anthony McDuffie, 20 years old of Lumberton. The suspect was arrested for DWI 2nd, which is a Class A Misdemeanor; Deadly Conduct, a Third Degree Felony; and Unlawful Carrying of Weapon, a Class A Misdemeanor.
Police say that Officer Neal realized that the suspect’s vehicle and the vehicle seen on video footage in connection with a reported shooting of the unoccupied Lumberton High School’s girls locker room were similar. He and Officer Kenneth Powell questioned the suspect regarding that late night incident that occurred in April. It was reported that McDuffie confessed.
Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins said, “It was really good police work on Officer Neal’s part and really good civic work on the part of Kevin Garner for alerting us to this dangerous driver.”