ShotSpotter leads to an arrest in New Bern

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) – Police arrested a man from a shot spotter activation in a city in the east.

On Tuesday, June 11th, at 9:42 p.m., New Bern police responded to a shot spotter activation near Hamilton Drive in Craven Terrace.

When the police arrived, they saw a 24-year-old, Daboscea Thigpin-Banks, running away.

Thigpin-Banks was able to escape and tossed a firearm during the foot chase.

Police say a warrant was issued for him and he was arrested on June 15th.

Thigpin-Banks was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting a public officer, and discharging a firearm in city limits.

According to the New Bern police, Thigpin-Banks was given a $50,000 secured bond for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and an additional $10,000 secured bond for the rest of the charges. His first court appearance is set for June 17th.

New Bern Police says since March 26th, 2024, when the ShotSpotter program began, they had about 19 activations. Of those, 5 were in Craven Terrace.

ShotSpotter is an acoustic gunshot detection system that alerts the police to gunfire within a coverage area within seconds, enabling police to provide a consistent, rapid, and precise response.