NC deputies searching for suspects who shot at, injured officer while fleeing stop

Deputies are asking anyone with information about this vehicle to call them after suspects fired at officers while fleeing a traffic stop (WSPA).

ELLENBORO, N.C. (AP/WSPA) — A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy has been hurt after a bullet hit the windshield of his patrol car during a chase.

The Rutherford County sheriff’s department says the officer is recovering after the shooting about 11 p.m. Tuesday near Ellenboro.


Sheriff Chris Francis told news outlets a Forest City police officer was trying to make a traffic stop when a pickup truck drove away. Deputies took up the chase and Francis says someone in the truck fired at the officers.

One shot hit the windshield of Deputy Jeffrey Burgess, who was hit by fragments. Burgess was treated and released from a Shelby hospital.

Francis says investigators think a man and woman were in the truck. They have not been found.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating the truck. It may be displaying an N.C. license plate of WVM4712.

Anyone with information about the truck or those who may have been in it at the time of the shooting is asked to call 828-286-8477.

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