Suspect in shooting of Havelock bouncer appears in court

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 02:50 PM.

Pugh did not have any relatives in the courtroom. Beside the media and judicial personnel, there were three Havelock law enforcement officers present.

According to Havelock police reports, Pugh went to Flyers bar on Sunday morning and was allegedly involved in a group fight. The bar’s security staff removed the group of people to the parking lot. Shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, Pugh returned to the bar and allegedly fired a handgun at retired Marine Todd North, 39, who was working as head of security at Flyers.

North was trying to lock the door to prevent Pugh from re-entering the bar.

Thomas said an autopsy was conducted on North Monday, and it showed he was hit by 40-caliber bullets four times in the chest and shoulder area.

Four other bar patrons were injured from gunshots: two Marines and two other people who received minor injuries from bullet fragments, Thomas said.

Pugh was shot in the stomach as he and North exchanged gunfire, investigators say.

Heckman said Craven County deputies found Pugh Sunday morning, shortly after the shooting, banging on a door at a residence on Cotton Wood Lane in Havelock. He was transported from there to Vidant, Heckman said.

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