POLICE: Man faces 21 charges after officer shot, baby held hostage during standoff in Greenville

POLICE: Man faces 21 charges after officer shot, baby held hostage during standoff in Greenville

Jonas Fucito, 31, was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and is facing four attempted murder charges.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Authorities say the man who shot a Greenville Police Officer, held a baby hostage, and initiated a standoff lasting more than five hours is facing additional charges.

Greenville Police Officer Jeremiah Lovelace was shot after responding to a possible domestic violence call Tuesday night from an apartment on Glendale Drive.

After the shooting, a 5-1/2 hour standoff began with Jonas Fucito barricaded inside the apartment with a 9-month-old baby, according to police.

Fucito, 31, was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and facing an attempted murder charge.

Lovelace is now recovering at home. He’s been with the police department for eight years.

Officer Jeremiah Lovelace / Jonas Fucito

Officer Jeremiah Lovelace / Jonas Fucito

Officials say the 9-month-old baby is safe, unharmed, and being evaluated by DSS.

Police say the woman who called 911, Fucito’s girlfriend, is okay and did not need any medical attention.

Greenville police say Fucito now faces 20 additional charges:

  • Three counts of attempted murder
  • 2nd-degree kidnapping
  • Assault on female
  • Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill
  • Two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official
  • Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury on an emergency worker
  • Assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm
  • Discharging a firearm in an enclosure
  • Habitual misdemeanor assault
  • Assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present
  • Misdemeanor child abuse
  • Communicating threats
  • Injury to real property
  • Resisting public officer
  • Discharging a firearm in the city limit
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Assault with a deadly weapon

Fucito has a lengthy criminal record. His most recent conviction was for assault/threat against a government official a year ago. Other convictions include identity thefts, vehicle thefts, and breaking and entering.

Fucito remains in the Pitt County jail under no bond.

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