U.S. Marshals capture suspected shooter

By: By Beth Lawrence - blawrence@civitasmedia.com

LAURINBURG —A Laurinburg man suspected in an assault on an officer and in a separate shooting has been captured by US Marshals.

Phillip John Graham was picked up Monday by the US Marshals on Charles Street in Hamlet who turned him over to Laurinburg Police in Laurel Hill, according to Patrol Capt. Terry Chavis.

“We want to thank them for their assistance in the matter. They did us a good deed,” Chavis said.

Graham had been suspected in a shooting on Aug. 18 when Officer M. McPhatter attempted to detain him for questioning in Tara Village.

Graham is accused of striking the officer in the face several times and injuring his arm during the struggle. McPhatter received cuts, abrasions and bruises to his arm, according to Chavis.

Police were originally looking for Graham in connection to a shooting on Old Lumberton Road.

The victim, Michael Green told police he was driving down Old Lumberton Road when “Graham passed him, cut him off and caused him to stop in the road,” Chavis said.

Green said Graham got out of the car and shot at his 2005 Monte Carlo leaving damage to the bumper.

Graham was on probation at the time of the shooting and was ordered to wear an ankle monitor. Police say Graham is a verified member of the Bloods gang.

Graham was arrested for discharging a weapon into an occupied moving vehicle, possession of firearm by convicted felon, assault with a deadly weapon on government official, larceny. He also faces numerous drug charges, including possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is being held in the Scotland County Detention Center on a $450,000 bond.

Graham has an extensive criminal history dating to 2005, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

He served time for felony larceny, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV drugs, possession of a schedule I drug, possession of a firearm by a felon and assault on an officer or state employee.

Graham received a minimum sentence of one year and three months for manufacturing a Schedule I and II substance in 2011. He was released from prison in May on a minimum three year eight months sentence for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to commit serious injury, possession of a fire arm by a convicted felon, and discharging a firearm into an occupied property in 2013.

Police have not yet released information on Graham’s charges or bond.



By Beth Lawrence


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