After a two day search, the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says Robert Lee Strother has been taken into custody.
The 30-year-old Strother is accused of shooting a Lenoir County Sheriff’s deputy Thursday night. The K-9 unit deputy, 30-year-old Steven Key, was responding to a domestic call on Lang Skinner Road in La Grange. Key has since been treated and released from UNC Lenoir.
By Friday morning, Strother had evaded capture and shot a Lenoir County resident multiple times while stealing that resident’s pickup truck. At last report, the resident was hospitalized in critical condition. The pickup was later found near a wood line in the Kennedy Home Road area, but Strother was nowhere nearby.
According to an 8:45 PM update on Saturday, Strother was in the custody of the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office. Details on the apprehension were forthcoming.
Over two dozen emergency response agencies have assisted in the search for Strother since Thursday night, including the FBI, the SBI, the State Highway Patrol, and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.