North Carolina man charged with murdering woman after four-hour manhunt, cops say

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Jun. 26 2021, Published 4:43 p.m. ET

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A North Carolina man is facing multiple charges for allegedly killing one woman and injuring another and then led police on a four-hour manhunt.

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The Northampton County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of two women shot in the Arrowhead Mobile Home Park in Woodland, North Carolina, around 11 p.m. June 23.

Police said 34-year-old Angelec Wiggins was fatally shot, and another woman was rushed to the hospital, suffering from critical gunshot injuries.

The next day, the Northampton Co. Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division obtained a warrant for alleged gunman Keith Hyman, 44, of Windsor.

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Officials said Hyman made a run for it when they arrived. He led Bertie County Sheriff's deputies, Hertford County Sheriff's deputies and Northampton County Sheriff's deputies on an almost four-hour-long chase through nearby woods and fields, according to police.

K-9 Units tracked Hyman miles away from his home in the woods. Police said he surrendered peacefully once they had him cornered, according to the Northampton County Sheriff's Office.

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“This is an unfortunate situation where someone prefers to resort to violence rather than communicating to settle any issues,” Northampton County Sheriff's said in a statement.

“I encourage everyone to find a peaceful way to resolve any issues before thinking of violence. It is very unfortunate that a young lady loss her life. We encourage anyone that have issues do not resort to violence as these senseless crimes and actions that took place are unnecessary. We pray for the strength of the families of the victims suffering from these senseless crimes.”

Hyman was transported to Northampton County jail, where he was charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill inflicting serious injury, two counts of assault on a female, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Hyman received no bond on the first-degree murder charge and $230,000 secured bond on all other related charges.

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