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Posted on: February 16, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Investigation Continues into Incident at Local Game

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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Media Contact: Jacksonville Public Safety: 910 455-4000

Investigation Continues into Incidents at Local Game

Update: Arrests made 

Jacksonville Police have made arrests in regards to the brawl that broke out at the Jacksonville High School vs Northside High School basketball game last weekend. Investigators are piecing together events of the incident and have identified several subjects that were involved. Detectives have arrested Aaron Reed, 23, of Jacksonville for one count of Simple Affray and Disorderly Conduct. Criminal petitions are being filed on several juveniles for their involvement as well. “We appreciate the assistance of school officials and members of the public for their assistance in identifying those responsible in this incident, and we do expect more arrests as the investigation continues”; Lt. Christopher Funcke, Investigative Services Supervisor. 

Jacksonville Police continue their investigation regarding multiple incidents that occurred at the Friday, February 11, 2022 Jacksonville High School vs Northside High School basketball game at Jacksonville High School. 

In addition to the incidents, police have looked into a rumor of shots fired at the same location. No evidence has been uncovered to justify this claim. Ongoing interviews have revealed no eyewitness accounts or anyone hearing shots fired. No one has reported to have seen a firearm at the scene. 

Jacksonville Police also confirm that Onslow County School officials reacted quickly and appropriately to provide safe shelter to those at the game. School officials are working in full cooperation with Jacksonville Police in the continuing investigation.

Director of Public Safety, Chief Mike Yanerio said, “This type of behavior is not acceptable in our schools or anywhere in our City. The safety for our students and our community, is our upmost concern. We will hold all parties involved responsible for the incidents and seek prosecution for their actions.  We are asking the public to let us know if they have any information that can assist with our investigation. Even small details may be helpful.”

If you have any information or saw anything February 11, call Jacksonville Police at 910-455-4000 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information determined to be of value to law enforcement.  Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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