Sheriff James A. McVicker announced this afternoon that warrants have been obtained on Harold Eugene Swindell, 47 of 245 South Page Road, Clarkton for the murder of Lonnie Level Smith, 38 of 225 Jasmine Lane, Clarkton. “My Investigators have been working this case since yesterday afternoon and today were able to obtain enough probable cause to obtain a warrant for First Degree Murder and
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon on Swindell,” said McVicker. “We have reason to believe Swindell is still in the state and we are asking anyone with any information on his location to please contact us at 910-862- 6960.” McVicker said Swindell should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached or confronted by citizens. “If you know where we can locate him please give us a call and let us get him arrested,” McVicker urged.
McVicker said investigators were able to locate several eyewitnesses who all gave consistent statements concerning the incident that lead to the shooting. “We are still not clear what actually started the argument but we do know it involved several individuals.”
Chief Deputy Guyton told BladenOnline on Wednesday, May 17th, the victim, a male, was in serious condition when he was transported by Bladen County EMS to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Hospital.
While at the hospital in Bladen County, Mr. Bernard Kemp, introduced as the father of the victim, told a BladenOnline.com reporter his oldest son [Mr. Lonnie Smith] had been shot multiple times. Mr. Kemp said the hospital staff informed him his son died.
The hospital parking lot was full of friends and family of Mr. Lonnie Level Smith. Ms. Augusta Smith is the mother of the 38 year old deceased man according to Kenneth Clark, Bladen County Deputy Coroner.