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Sunday, March 2, 2008

NC- Suspect dies following exchange with Forsyth deputies

2-29-2008 North Carolina:

CLEMMONS — A Mocksville man was shot and killed after trying to run over a Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop Friday morning, authorities said.

At 9:54 a.m., deputies on patrol attempted to pull over a 2004 Toyota Camry at the intersection of Lewisville-Clemmons and Holder roads in Clemmons, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Maj. Brad Stanley said.

A deputy requested additional units to respond to the scene and at 10:10 a.m., radio traffic indicated that shots were fired in the area.

Stanley said during the exchange, the suspect struck one of the deputies with his vehicle in an attempt to flee.

Deputies then opened fire as the vehicle sped off and it came to a stop about a tenth of a mile from the scene along Lewisville-Clemmons Road.

EMS responded and transported the suspect to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The man was later identified as Jovon Antwan Evans, 27, of Mocksville.

Stanley said the five deputies who were involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave while the State Bureau of Investigations conducts an investigation, which is standard for any officer-related shooting.

Stanley said deputies determined the vehicle Evans was driving had been reported stolen on Oct. 31 to Winston-Salem police from Flow Chevrolet on South Stratford Road in Winston-Salem.

Evans has an extensive criminal history including more than 20 felony convictions ranging from assault on a government official, felony speeding to elude arrest, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and sexual assault charges requiring him to register as a sex offender, Stanley said.

"He wasn’t unfamiliar with the criminal justice system and has been involved and convicted involving a lot of criminal activity," Stanley said.

"It’s unfortunate that Mr. Evans died as a result of these actions, but we are thankful these officers didn’t sustain any major injuries or anything worse." ..more.. by Ryan Seals


Woman wants answers about husband's shooting by police
3-2-2008 North Carolina:

Keyanna Evans wants answers about the shooting death of her husband, Jovon Antwan Evans.

“I don’t know why the first shots were fired,” she said yesterday. “I still want to know where was he shot, what killed him.”

Jovon Evans died Friday after being shot by a Forsyth County sheriff’s deputy.

Evans was pulled over on Lewisville-Clemmons Road in Clemmons shortly before 10 a.m. Friday by a deputy. Authorities suspected that the car he was driving had been stolen.

After more deputies arrived, Jovon Evans tried to drive away and hit a deputy on his way onto Lewisville-Clemmons Road. At least one deputy fired at the car.

Deputies chased the car on foot until it stopped at Immanuel Baptist Church. Deputies opened the car door and pulled Jovon Evans out of the car. He was not moving. He died at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center later that day.

The five deputies who were on the scene are on paid administrative leave while the State Bureau of Investigation looks into the shooting, said Maj. Brad Stanley, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office. That is standard practice during an SBI investigation.

Stanley said that the sheriff’s office believes that the deputies acted correctly.

Stanley said that, because of the SBI investigation, he could not answer any questions about the shooting, such as why Jovon Evans was pulled over, why deputies fired at him or how many deputies fired their guns. The sheriff’s office is not releasing the deputies’ names at the request of the SBI.

Officials with the SBI could not be reached for comment.

Keyanna Evans said she is upset about the way that Jovon Evans has been portrayed in the media.

“Nobody knows him the way I do. I hate the way they portrayed him on television,” she said.

Authorities have said that Jovon Evans had a long criminal record, including convictions for possession of stolen goods and larceny of motor vehicle. He was also a registered sex offender.

Keyanna Evans said she did not know about all of the criminal convictions. To her, Jovon Evans was a loving husband and father, she said.

The two married in December 2007. A photo in their living room shows the couple standing together at an aquarium in Tennessee while on their honeymoon, beaming at the camera.

“He was loving,” Keyanna Evans said. “He took care of my daughter. She called him daddy.”

Jovon Evans helped around the house, and worked with her daughter and helped her get A’s on her report card for the first time, Keyanna Evans said.

“He worked with her tremendously on her spelling, her math. And I’m so mad that they made him out to be this person he was not,” she said.

Keyanna Evans saw her husband for the last time less than an hour before he died.

Jovon Evans worked for Healthy Homes Solutions, Keyanna Evans said. He came back to their apartment in Clemmons about 9:30 a.m., an hour after he started work, to pick something up.

“He gave me a kiss and said, ‘I have to drop this off, and then I’ll be home,’” she said.

But he never came home. When Keyanna Evans turned on the news at noon, she saw the story about the shooting.

“I didn’t know it was him until I saw his jacket and the shirt I ironed for him the night before,” she said.

Now she is waiting and hoping that the SBI investigation will yield some answers.

“I just want some answers, and I just want somebody to tell me why,” she said. ..more.. by Danielle Deaver

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