W. Curt Vincent Editor
February 3, 2014
ELIZABETHTOWN — A neighborhood dispute in the early morning hours of Saturday led to the death of a Bladen County man after a shooting.
Bladen County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Rodney Hester said a call came in just after 1 a.m. from an individual who reported that a man had been shot and was unconscious.
“When deputies arrived at 1017 Jack Richardson Road … they saw a subject lying in the front yard and CPR was in progress,” he said. “Deputies checked the victim … and could not find a pulse. (He) was pronounced deceased at the scene by Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw.”
The victim was identified at Antoine Eddington, 44, who lived on Jack Richardson Road.
According to the report, a dispute erupted at Eddington’s home and he left the scene after the dispute ended. But he returned shortly after with a shotgun and began banging on the door.
“When the front door was opened, Eddington allegedly hit that person with the shotgun,” Hester said.
Hester said that Eddington was confronted on the front porch by Troy Cromartie and shots were then fired.
“Eddington was believed to have been shot with a round from a revolver,” Hester said.
The shooter, believed to be 25-year-old Troy K. Cromartie of Garland Airport Road in Garland, reportedly ran into the woods behind the residence prior to the arrival of sheriff’s deputies.
Moments later, Hester said deputies from Bladen and Sampson counties stopped a vehicle leaving the area, identified Cromartie inside the vehicle and took him into custody.
According to Hester, both weapons involved in the incident were recovered.
Cromartie has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and served with outstanding orders for felony probation violation and failure to pay child support. He was booked into the Bladen County Jail, where he remains under a $21,500 secured bond.
The report on the incident has been forwarded to the Bladen County District Attorney Jon David, who requested to look over the evidence before any additional charges are brought against Cromartie.
Assisting throughout the incident with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office was the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, Bladen County Emergency Management, Bladen County EMS, Elizabethtown Rescue Squad, White Lake Fire Department, Elizabethtown Police Department, White Lake Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.