UPDATE: Suspect in fatal motorcyclist shootings to return to NC

Martin Calvin Cox Jr./Bullitt County Detention Center

Update from May 28, 2021:

WENTWORTH, N.C. (AP) — The suspect in the shooting deaths of two motorcyclists and the wounding of third is headed back to North Carolina.

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WGHP-TV reports that court documents from Bullitt County, Kentucky, show Martin Calvin Cox Jr., 41, of Browns Summit has agreed to be returned to North Carolina to face murder charges.

The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office said the shootings occurred on the U.S. Highway 29 bypass in Reidsville on Monday. According to warrants, Cox waited for the victims to leave a gas station and followed them onto the highway before shooting them.

Lt. Kevin Suthard said in a news release that the investigators believe the shots were fired from a red Dodge dually pickup truck, which the sheriff said had been recovered.

Sheriff Sam Page has said the shooting victims were targeted. The three victims were traveling on two motorcycles, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff said that at the advice of the district attorney, the identities of the victims won’t be released out of concern for the safety of the surviving victim and the families of those involved.


Original story below from May 25, 2021:

WENTWORTH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff says a suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two motorcyclists. A third person was wounded in the incident.

Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page told a news conference Tuesday afternoon that the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office in Kentucky had taken Martin Calvin Cox Jr. into custody on Tuesday without incident.

The sheriff’s office says the shootings occurred on the U.S. Highway 29 bypass through Reidsville near N.C. Highway 14 on Monday.

Page said investigators believe the victims were targeted by the suspect, but he provided no additional details.

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