Arrest made in weekend shooting

Published 6:49 pm Thursday, July 29, 2010

Brookhaven police have made an arrest in the weekend shootinginjury of a Northaven Apartments resident.

Police Chief Pap Henderson said Dontra Lamont McCalup, 28, of 733Browns Loop, also known as “Chicken,” was arrested when he gavehimself up Wednesday afternoon after hiding in a home inBrignall.

Henderson said when McCalup’s family members said he wasn’t in theresidence, police requested a search warrant in order to enter thedwelling and bring him out.

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“We were going to get one to enter the trailer. We’ve got severalcharges on him, the main charge is on that aggravated assault inNorthaven Apartments, and I believe the county probably does too,”Henderson said. “We had information he was in the trailer, and wewere trying to get him off the streets.”

The chief said his men were not leaving the residence until theyhad McCalup in custody.

“He finally came out, but if he hadn’t, we were going inyesterday,” the chief said Thursday.

McCalup is charged with aggravated assault, shooting into adwelling, drive-by shooting, failure to stop, failure to yield,expired tag, no driver’s license and reckless driving by theBrookhaven Police Department in a Saturday night incident in whichhe allegedly shot into the apartment of Nesha Burnett. She wastaken to King’s Daughters Medical Center, where she was treated fora gunshot wound and released

Henderson said McCalup is someone the police department has dealtwith on multiple occasions before. The chief said he felt likeMcCalup was evolving as a troublemaker and that apprehending himwas important at this point.

“I’m just glad to get him off the streets like we wanted to,” hesaid. “I’d seen a change in him, and not for the best, because he’dbeen endangering people’s lives.”

McCalup remains in the Lincoln County Jail.

In other police news, John S. Smith, 26, of 103 Avalon St. wasarrested and charged with aggravated assault, two counts ofdischarging a firearm and possession of a controlled substance byBPD. The aggravated assault charge was a result of his allegedlyhitting someone in the head with a beer bottle, Hendersonsaid.

Police also arrested Bertha Rockingham, 45, of 1400 Brignall Roadfor allegedly discharging a firearm in an unrelated incident thatHenderson said is simply a misdemeanor charge stemming from adomestic disturbance.