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Man arrested for murdering another man over estranged wife

62-year-old John William Price Jr. is accused of murdering 54-year-old Wayne Franklin Curry Jr. in a dispute over Price's estranged wife, who was living with Curry. (Photo: Onslow County Sheriff's Office)

A Sneads Ferry man was arrested yesterday for murdering another man in a dispute over his estranged wife.

Officials responded to the Harbor Point RV community in Sneads Ferry on Wednesday where there were reports of shots fired. Officials said when officers arrived, they came into contact with "several legally armed residents" who were holding a man at gunpoint, awaiting the arrival of law enforcement.

That man, 62-year-old John William Price Jr., is accused of murdering 54-year-old Wayne Franklin Curry Jr., in a dispute over Price's estranged wife, who was living with Curry, officials said. Neighbors confronted Price after they heard the shooting.

Curry was found dead inside of his residence when officials arrived. Price was taken into custody and charged with an open count of murder. He is being held in the Onslow County Detention Center under no bond. Price's first appearance is scheduled for Thursday.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Michael Gibbs at michael_gibbs@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273. Refer to case 2018-008120 when calling.

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