December 1, 2021

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New online crime-fighting system helps nab shooting suspect | Crime

Police are saying a new high-tech crime-fighting system was instrumental earlier this week in capturing a suspect’s vehicle moments after an aggravated assault.

Lewis Jackson, 37, was turned over to the custody of the Nash County Detention Center on five charges, with his bond set at $305,000, secured, police spokesman Cpl. Ricky Jackson said in a news release.

Jackson said officers about 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday responded to the 400 block of Marigold Street about a shooting with an injury.

When the officers arrived they saw the victim, who had sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Nash UNC Health Care for further treatment, Jackson said.

During the investigation, the victim’s next-door neighbor, Lewis Jackson, became a suspect and he fled the scene before officers arrived, Ricky Jackson said.

Officers executed a search warrant for Lewis Jackson’s residence. They found and seized a firearm and spent shell casings along with other ammunition, Ricky Jackson said.

An investigation led officers to conduct a traffic stop of a vehicle Lewis Jackson had been seen entering, Ricky Jackson said.

The officers located and seized nearly seven ounces of marijuana and an additional firearm from Lewis Jackson’s possession, Ricky Jackson said.

Jackson said Lewis Jackson is charged with:

  • Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
  • Discharging a weapon into occupied property inflicting serious injury.
  • Felony possession of marijuana.
  • Resisting a public officer.
  • Two counts of discharging a firearm in the city limits.

The new crime-fighting system Ricky Jackson was referring to is the Fusus online platform.

Fusus is headquartered northeast of Atlanta and is in the business of unifying data and live video feeds into cloud-based crime-fighting centers.

A cloud-based system is one in which information is stored, managed and processed on a network of remote computer servers hosted on the internet, rather than on local servers or personal computers.

The idea behind having the Fusus platform in Rocky Mount is to provide visibility via cameras not only managed by the municipality but also via the cameras of residents and businesses who voluntarily give the police department access through partner agreements.

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