CONWAY, SC – A former police chief has found himself on the other side of the law…and the dead after he was found alive after faking his death.
Police believe that the former chief faked his death to avoid being arrested on over 70 pending criminal charges.
— 8 News Now (@8NewsNow) February 25, 2022
Anthony Spivey, the former chief of police for the Town of Chadbourn Police Department in North Carolina was arrested in the early morning hours of February 24th after authorities searching for him received a tip that he was hiding in the residence.
According to Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene, Spivey fled from his aunt’s apartment complex and attempted to hide in a canal when police saw him.
As police challenged Spivey to surrender, he allegedly fled on foot but was unable to evade the officers. Spivey allegedly struggled with officers but was overpowered and taken into custody without further incident.
Spivey’s aunt, Brenda Rowele, claims that she did not know that Spivey was a wanted fugitive after he had allegedly missed two court appearances. She said that Spivey called her on February 20th reporting that he and his wife were having issues and he was feeling suicidal.
Rowele claimed she asked Spivey to come to her apartment for a few days until he could figure things out. She said that she was shocked when police showed up on her doorstep looking for him that morning. Rowele said:
“I was told different stories, but I do know and I will state to the fact he is not no drug addict like they say he is. Columbus County cops is doing him wrong.”
A former North Carolina police chief was arrested Thursday after he allegedly faked his own death in an attempt to dodge prosecution on more than 80 felony charges. https://t.co/LTNeUxgDKJ
— Mark Lungariello (@MarkLungariello) February 25, 2022
Spivey was transported to the county jail in Horry County after his arrest on 40 different outstanding warrants for failure to appear. Spivey is likely to stay in jail pending his next court appearance as the bond was set for $1 million.
The search for Spivey started after he allegedly failed to appear for a court date in early February, stating that he had COVID. The court appearance was rescheduled for February 21st and his attorney notified the court that he was missing and may have possibly committed suicide.
Later that day, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received a report from North Carolina Wildlife Officers that they had located an abandoned boat in the area of the Sandhills Hunting Club.
The Sheriff’s Office was also notified that Spivey was last seen in the area driving a truck that was found at the location and that they determined the abandoned boat belonged to him. In a news statement, the Sheriff’s Office reported:
“Deputies arrived on the scene, along with Sheriff’s Office Investigators and Special Operations Units, including the Man Tracking and Dive Units.
As the Sheriff’s Office began to search the area, investigators spoke to Spivey’s friends and family who were at the scene. Investigators began collecting evidence. Family members described the incident as a possible suicide.
“Investigators quickly concluded that the evidence collected did not support a suicide scenario. However, with Spivey still missing, dive crews searched waters, and tracking teams searched the wooded areas for Spivey.
Search and rescue crews conducted searches for three days, including several agencies assisting with aerial coverage, K9 sniffing, and sonar scanning. Meanwhile, Criminal Investigators were conducting a separate investigation.
70 felonies. Faked death. Believed to be armed and dangerous. Fled and eluded. Said police would have to shoot. Resisted arrest while reaching toward his waist.
Not shot and taken into custody. So it can be done.https://t.co/YDn62F0j0r
— Kirk (@kirkjangel) February 24, 2022
“As investigators collected video from surveillance systems and conducted interviews, it became even more apparent that the scene on the river was staged.”
Spivey’s criminal woes came after he was arrested in April of 2021 for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in cash, drugs, and firearms out of the agency’s property evidence room.
Additionally, he was charged with filing a false police report when he claimed that he had 90 oxycodone pills stolen so that he could receive a new prescription.
Spivey first came under suspicion after the Interim Town Manager received a letter on March 4th from state authorities inquiring why they had not received any narcotics for chemical analysis for a “substantial period of time.”
On March 5th, Spivey was suspended with pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
Spivey was eventually taken into custody and charged with 73 different cases of tampering with evidence, embezzlement, trafficking opiates, obtaining prescriptions by misrepresentation, and substance fraud.
The Chadbourn Police Department also suspects Spivey stole $32,186, two handguns and a rifle, 367 doses of Xanax, 1 dose of hydrocodone, and multiple other narcotics.
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SHELTON, WA- According to authorities, a Washington Department of Correction (DOC) officer who was wounded has been charged with staging his own shooting.
A DOC spokesperson stated that the officer was shot by an “unknown shooter” while exiting his vehicle around 6 a.m. on October 7th at the Shelton DOC field office. The officer was shot in his torso and taken to Mason General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office posted an alert to social media that warned law enforcement was looking for an “armed and dangerous person” in downtown Shelton.
Two nearby schools and the Mason County courthouse were placed on lockdown while law enforcement officers from multiple agencies searched for the gunman.
When the investigators interviewed the wounded corrections officer, they found some inconsistencies. According to probably cause documents, the wounded corrections officer is now accused of planning his own shooting.
Probable cause documents showed that authorities were able to recover surveillance video from the jail’s parking lot, which showed a blacked-out car leaving the scene.
Investigators interviewed the corrections officer again on Thursday, October 14th, and he admitted that he had asked his sister to shoot him. Detectives interviewed the corrections officer’s sister and she confirmed the story.
She stated that he had given her a gun to shoot him with the day before the incident happened. She reportedly told investigators that her brother had told her to shoot him in the office parking lot because “there were no cameras and no one would know it was her.”
The probable cause affidavit states that the video showed the sister parked a few feet away from the correction officer’s car and then her brother pointed to where he wanted her to shoot him.
Investigators said she fired one round at him from inside her car and struck his forearm. Charging documents showed the bullet went through the correction officer’s arm, through his lower back, and then exited his body through his abdomen.
James Paschall, who lives near where the shooting happened, said he was outside enjoying his morning coffee when he heard the gunfire. He added:
“I heard a shot and I ducked down because I thought, ‘wow, that was really close.’”
The sister told investigators that she went home after shooting her brother and “placed the spent shell casing in a small cardboard box in her bedroom and left the pistol in her vehicle.”
According to the complaint, detectives obtained a search warrant and recovered the gun and shell casings. After his interview on October 14th, the correction officer was arrested.
He was booked into the Mason County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree criminal conspiracy assault, drive-by shooting, criminal conspiracy drive-by shooting, and false reporting.
His sister was also arrested. Court documents showed that she was booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree criminal conspiracy assault, drive-by shooting, and criminal conspiracy drive-by shooting.
The correction officer’s bail was set at $250,000 and his sister’s was set at $25,000. As of this writing, officials stated they do not know the correction officer’s motive for staging the shooting.
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