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Man accused of shooting at Wake sheriff's deputy arrested

Posted December 1, 2014

— Authorities have arrested a man wanted for allegedly shooting at a Wake County sheriff's deputy during a chase through Raleigh Sunday night, a spokesman for the sheriff's office said Monday.

Alexander Oregon Gallardo, 18, was wanted on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and attempted murder, following the pursuit, which started shortly before 9 p.m. when Deputy Unberto Espinoza noticed a white Toyota sedan speeding down New Hope Road.

Espinoza followed the stolen car until it crashed around 10:45 p.m. in the area of Lake Woodard and Terminal drives.

Gallardo is accused of firing on a deputy's cruiser. A bullet hit radar equipment mounted on the vehicle's dashboard just left of the steering wheel.

Espinoza, who has been with the sheriff's office for six years, was not injured.

Authorities arrested the three others in the car.

Carlos Eduardo Argueta-Diaz, 16, of 4650 Ravi Road, Raleigh, is charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony fleeing/eluding arrest with a motor vehicle and resisting a public officer.

The other two people are juveniles, and authorities did not release their names.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Gallardo is an absconder from probation – a sentence stemming from a February 2013 conviction of charges of breaking and entering and larceny – and was being sought by the U.S. Marshals Service.


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  • heard-it-all-before Dec 2, 2014

    wow what a close call!! look at that bullet hole! unbelievably lucky Sheriff!! glad he's ok!

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Dec 2, 2014

    Face tattoos = non-contributing member of society.

  • KT6596 Dec 2, 2014

    "Tears of a Clown!"

  • Mad Dawg Dec 2, 2014

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    He already has through his recent executive action granting amnesty. Sad.

  • Walkin Man Dec 2, 2014

    Are we sure this isn't a case of racial profiling? Yeah, right!

  • davidhartman Dec 1, 2014

    I'm sure Obama will come to this poor lad's rescue in his endless trandsformation of America...

  • Bill of Rights Dec 1, 2014

    Mr. Gallardo already had a lengthy record. Hopefully the revolving doors of justice won't have him back out on the streets later this week.


  • bushido2298 Dec 1, 2014

    Bad guy caught, Deputies get to go home safe, it's a good start to December.

  • sezme Dec 1, 2014

    Common sense!!!!!

  • rushbot Dec 1, 2014

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    why are you sure of that?