Wayne deputy, man injured in chase, shooting
Posted September 15, 2011
Dudley, N.C. — A Wayne County deputy suffered minor injuries and another man suffered serious head trauma after a chase and shootings in Dudley early Thursday.
Deputy Chris Jackson responded to a shooting call in the Rollingwood subdivision around 12:30 a.m. when he noticed a vehicle matching the description of one involved in the shooting.
Jackson stopped the vehicle, which had two men and two women inside, and asked the driver to get out. Another deputy, Travis Cox, approached, and the vehicle sped away with one man and two women inside, authorities said.
Cox got in his patrol car and chased the vehicle on Old Mount Olive Highway, Genoa Road and Pecan Road. During the pursuit, the driver slammed on the brakes as a passenger fired shots at Cox, according to the sheriff's department.
Authorities believe the passenger fired an SKS high-powered rifle, which hit Cox's car several times, disabling the car and shooting out the windshield. Cox took cover behind the dashboard and suffered minor cuts from the broken glass.
Authorities later found the vehicle in a wooded area about 200 yards from Casey's Saw Mill Road. Two helicopters, a SWAT team and numerous law enforcement officers searched for the suspects.
One suspect was identified as Harold Harloe-Bruce Clother, 30. Deputies determined that he had gotten into another vehicle, which was later found at his house, 117 Timothy St.
Clother's girlfriend, April Crisp, came out of the house and told authorities that he was was threatening suicide. Officers then heard a gunshot and found Clother inside the house with a self-inflicted wound.
Emergency crews took him to Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious head trauma. He was in serious condition on Thursday night.
Clother has an extensive criminal history from Michigan and is wanted by Michigan for an outstanding warrant for probation violation of a home invasion charge, according to the Wayne sheriff's department.
No other information, including the identities of the other three people in the car, was released.