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Man shot, arrested after chase through Person, Granville counties

Posted March 27, 2016
Updated March 28, 2016

— A man is facing 18 charges after authorities said he stole multiple vehicles and led deputies on a chase while fleeing from the scene of a breaking and entering in Granville County Saturday morning.

The Granville County Sheriff’s Office said 48-year-old Robert Zimmerman broke into a home at 2089 Sunset Road at about 10 a.m. Saturday. A neighbor who witnessed the break-in called police, and followed Zimmerman when he fled the scene before authorities arrived.

Deputies joined in the chase and Zimmerman began firing shots at authorities, ultimately shooting a hole through the radiator of a patrol car, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said Zimmerman fled down a road and crashed his vehicle into a creek before proceeding to flee on foot. He then held a woman at gunpoint and stole her vehicle, authorities said.

Authorities said that Zimmerman continued to fire shots at deputies, who began to return fire. Zimmerman was shot in the shoulder while in the stolen vehicle, deputies said.

After he was shot, Zimmerman was picked-up by an ex-girlfriend who drove him to N.C. Highway 49, where he stole another vehicle that he later crashed into a pond, authorities said.

After fleeing on foot again, Zimmerman was caught behind Mayo Convenience Store at 5090 Virginia Road in Roxboro.

Zimmerman was being held at the Person County Jail under $500,000 secured bond and faces multiple charges, including three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Zimmerman's ex-girlfriend, identified as Jennifer Hawkins Reeves, 42, of 421 Hal Melton Road in Roxboro, was charged Saturday night with aiding and abetting after the fact.


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  • Geneva Smith Apr 2, 2016
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    full shoot out with police and still alive

  • Clarence Hill Mar 27, 2016
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    Sounds as if we need to call in Walker, Texas Ranger.

  • Clinton Tingen Mar 27, 2016
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    Why doesn't this article say 'Robert Zimmerman, a (insert race) man was shot by (insert race) deputy'? Actually this is how every officer involved shooting article should read. Because it is a person's actions, not the shade of their skin that results in officer involved shootings.