Kure Beach Police Charge One For Shooting Of Man On K. Avenue

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 22 July 2015 04:00

Tonya Michelle Jones. (NHC Sheriff's Office)

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

KURE BEACH - Kure Beach Police are investigating the shooting of a man reported just before 4:30PM Sunday afternoon July 19th.
The man was reported sitting on a bench outside of Jack Mackerel's Restaurant in the 100 block of K. Avenue. He was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with a non-life threatening gun shot to the leg.
Police Chief Dennis Cooper said detectives arrested Tonya Michelle Jones, age 38, of Hope Mills, NC for shooting William J. Cheney, age 27, of Alamance County, NC, in the upper thigh. Witness descriptions allowed Carolina Beach Police and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department to stop a vehicle at Snow's Cut Bridge Sunday evening shortly after the incident. The vehicle was occupied by three adults and one juvenile. One of those adults was Jones.
Jones was charged with "Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury" and placed in the New Hanover County Detention Center under a $75,000 bond.
Cooper said, "Preliminary investigations indicate that the shooting began as a verbal confrontation and quickly escalated into a physical altercation that ended after a shot was fired. The shooting victim was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with an injury to his leg. No other persons were injured."
Cooper explained information provided by witnesses quickly enabled Officers from Carolina Beach Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff's Office to locate and stop the suspect vehicle just north of Snow's Cut Bridge. Three adults and one juvenile were detained at that time."
He explained, "At approximately 12:45AM on July 20th, investigators from the Kure Beach Police Department charged Tonya Michelle Jones of Hope Mills, NC with Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury. Jones was placed under a $75,000 secured bond and transported to the New Hanover County Detention Facility." He said a small caliber handgun was used.
Cooper said the investigation continues and other charges may be filed pending the outcome of their findings.
Cooper said, "We do wish to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Carolina Beach Police and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office for their timely assistance."
Tuesday afternoon, Cooper said investigators were following up with witnesses and conducting more interviews.
Jones got a "bond reduction" which lowered her bond from $75,000 to $7,500. She bonded out and returned to Hope Mills, NC.

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