Man involved in a shooting near federal courthouse in Elizabeth City sentenced to 10 years in prison

Published 1:03 pm Thursday, March 2, 2023

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An altercation near the federal courthouse in Elizabeth City landed Tavori Ditron Lindsey 10 years in federal prison after he shot at another man with a handgun and AR-15, according to a February 10, 2023 press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina.  Tavori Ditron Lindsey, 36, pleaded guilty to the charge on October 18, 2022.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Lindsey and another man, Amos Parker, were involved in an early morning shooting on September 5, 2021 at the intersection of East Colonial Avenue and McMorrine Street in Elizabeth City, which is about a block away from the federal courthouse.

“Street cameras captured the shooting and showed Parker and Lindsey engage in a verbal altercation with a man outside the Cue, a nearby establishment. Parker can be seen on video surveillance firing a handgun at another man as he fled the area on foot. Lindsey can also be seen shooting an AR-15 style rifle at the same man,” stated the release. “The Elizabeth City Police Department (ECPD) quickly responded and noticed damage to a nearby building consistent with gun shots. Officers recovered several .223 caliber and .45 caliber shell casings in the street where the shooting occurred. The pair were later arrested by ECPD and charged with state offenses, and they were later indicted in federal court.”

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According to the release, Lindsey is a convicted felon, having prior convictions for common law robbery, second degree kidnapping and selling or delivering marijuana, as well as several misdemeanor convictions.

Parker pleaded guilty to possession of ammunition by a convicted felon on October 18, 2022 was sentenced to 103 months in federal prison on January 18, 2023.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Elizabeth City Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Dodson prosecuted.