Orange County

Man arrested in Mebane accused of firing multiple shots at I-85 victims near Efland

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force arrested a man Wednesday in connection with last week’s shooting near a weigh station on Interstate 85.

Matthew Scott Murty, 21, was charged Wednesday with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, deputies reported. He was being held in the Orange County jail in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Matthew Murty
Matthew Murty Orange County Sheriff’s Office Contributed

Deputies responded to several calls about the shooting near the truck weigh station on Interstate 85 between Efland and Mebane around 3 a.m. Nov. 30. Investigators said they received stories from the victims that did not match evidence at the scene. They said they have interviewed multiple witnesses and reviewed video footage from multiple surveillance cameras nearby.

Authorities said the incident escalated from a previous altercation in Durham between Murty and the victims, according to TV station WXII.com. The victims had car trouble while driving south on the interstate and pulled over, the station reported. Murty, who was driving in the same direction, saw the victims and fired multiple shots, hitting the car and one victim in the leg, the station said.

The injured victim was taken to Alamance Regional Hospital in Burlington, the station said. Murty, who fled the area, was arrested Wednesday at 204 S. Norwood Court in Mebane, it said. He is scheduled to appear in Orange County District Court on Dec. 11.

Anyone with information about the crime should contact Investigator Jeff Ray of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 919-245-2900.

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb

Joe Johnson: 919-419-6678, @JEJ_HSNews

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