WADESBORO — The name of an alleged probation absconder who died following a foot chase last week has been released by state law enforcement officials.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation identified the man as Lamont Darryl Perry in a Tuesday morning statement.
According to Special Agent Audria Bridges, a probation and parole officer was attempting to locate and arrest Perry Oct. Thursday Oct. 27 for a probation violation related to an Anson County assault on a female charge.
Bridges said Perry was found at his girlfriend’s home in Wadesboro, but fled into a nearby wooded area, where he “was located within minutes.”
The officer involved — identified the following day by N.C. Department of Public Safety spokesman Keith Acree as 23-year-old William Kyle Torrence — was “able to handcuff Perry when it appeared Perry sustained an injury to his leg,” Bridges said.
A medic was called to the scene to render aid to Perry, who was talking at the time, she continued. However, Bridges said Perry “suddenly became unresponsive and passed away.”
According to Bridges, there is no indication that a gun or taser was used in the encounter and Perry’s cause of death is pending an autopsy and toxicology results.
Officials say Torrence was working with Wadesboro police officers who were on scene and witnessed the encounter after the arrest.
Perry, 32, was on probation after being convicted of assaulting a woman in August, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction, which have him listed as both “Lammont” and “Lamont” Darryl Perry. He had previous convictions for assault on a female in 2013, larceny in 2009 and 2001, driving while impaired in 2007 and misdemeanor breaking and entering in 2001, records show.
Torrence was placed on administrative duty as an internal investigation is underway, standard procedure in these cases.
Wadesboro police asked the SBI to step in at about 11 p.m. Oct. 27, according to Bridges. A call to Wadesboro Chief Thedis Spencer Oct. 28 has yet to be returned.
Anyone with information or who was in the area of Sikes Drive in Wadesboro around 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 can contact the SBI at 704-454-5264.
This is the fourth officer-related death in Anson County since last November.
Sgt. Donald Jenks, a former deputy with the Anson County Sheriff’s Office, fatally shot Kim Lee Long, 48, on Nov. 6, 2015; an autopsy revealed that Long was intoxicated at the time. Dennis Matthew Penny, 40, was fatally shot in a gunfight with county Deputies J. Martin and K. Beam on March 16, according to the SBI. Bobby Rex Horne, 63, was shot by county deputies July 15 after officials say he pointed a rifle at a deputy.
After Horne was shot, Sheriff Landric Reid commented on the increase of officer-related deaths.
“It’s the world we’re living in today,” he said at the time. “None of my deputies want to be involved in a shooting. None want to shoot anyone. The goal is to come out and protect the public, not harm the public. Unfortunately, these things happen.”
According to the Washington Post, 800 people have been fatally shot by police this year as of 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Twenty-six of those (3 percent) were in North Carolina.
William R. Toler contributed to this story. Reach reporter Imari Scarbrough at 704-994-5471 and follow her on Twitter @ImariScarbrough.