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Authorities searching for man accused of ramming trooper's car

Posted March 2, 2012

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— Authorities were searching for a man accused of ramming a stolen pickup truck into a trooper's car at Mourning Dove Road and Old Deer Trail in Raleigh Thursday night and then fleeing the scene.

The incident started around 11 p.m. when a trooper attempted to pull over the blue Dodge Ram truck with Virginia plates around 11 p.m. for a traffic violation. As the trooper left his vehicle to approach the truck, the driver backed into the cruiser and fled, authorities said. 

A short time later, the driver of the truck attempted to do a u-turn and intentionally hit the trooper's vehicle again. The trooper fired shots and hit the truck, but it was unclear if the man was injured. The truck was abandoned on Old Deer Trail near Strickland Road soon after, authorities said.

The trooper was not hurt but was very shaken, according to authorities at the scene. 

A SWAT team went house to house and a Highway Patrol helicopter scanned the area from overhead for more than three hours early Friday looking for the man. The man, whose name was not released, had not been located as of 1 p.m. Friday.

The trooper was placed on administrative duty, which is standard procedure for all officer-involved shootings. The State Bureau of Investigation will handle the investigation of the shooting. 

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  • jjsmith1973 Mar 5, 2012

    Plus did the story just die? Did they find the guy? Is he still out there some where? If he is why not a description of the person? Why not anymore information on the case? Isn't the general public in need to know? They say he is considered armed and dangerous in another report on another news page. If that is the case. How are you suppose to know what to be watching out for?

  • jjsmith1973 Mar 5, 2012

    I have change my opinion about the officer having the right to shoot. I just read a story from another news station and it says the trooper fired from the drivers side window of his car. I assumed the trooper was not in the vehicle and the truck turned and tried to run the trooper over. That would be justified. I'm not so sure now. Now I really do want to see the video of what happened from the dash cams.

  • piene2 Mar 5, 2012

    "Trooper probably didn't use a signal during a lane change; I've recorded multiple instances where the LEO's don't practice following the rules that they write up civilians for breaking. Double standards... and citizens are not allowed to have a computer screen in view of the driver, but LEO's have them. Which is the reason that a distracted RPD officer ran into my friend's truck - witnesses testified that LEO was driving distracted, yet judge ruled against my friend.
    determined2win"

    We all know that cops are above the law. Basically they are usually far worse offenders than the people they are hassling.

  • Hans Mar 2, 2012

    "He was busted lying about it about 2 months ago by one of the posters. It started snoballing and they found out he's a mall cop." - brmyspots

    Seriously?

  • brmyspots Mar 2, 2012

    leo-nc isn't a police officer.

    He was busted lying about it about 2 months ago by one of the posters. It started snoballing and they found out he's a mall cop. The guy has delusions of grandeur. It's fun to play along though.

  • Hans Mar 2, 2012

    "oh wait, maybe the Trooper wrecked and he's just trying to justify that, right? That's your mindset. " - leo-nc

    I actually never thought of that. You could be on to something, leo-nc! Or maybe he took a sledge hammer to it? Can I ask a small favor? Can you please call me a "dim bulb" just once? I loved it when you used to do that. It'd really make my week!

  • determined2win Mar 2, 2012

    Trooper probably didn't use a signal during a lane change; I've recorded multiple instances where the LEO's don't practice following the rules that they write up civilians for breaking. Double standards... and citizens are not allowed to have a computer screen in view of the driver, but LEO's have them. Which is the reason that a distracted RPD officer ran into my friend's truck - witnesses testified that LEO was driving distracted, yet judge ruled against my friend.

  • determined2win Mar 2, 2012

    Interesting that the truck was a Dodge Ram...

  • msodrgnking Mar 2, 2012

    Well leo-nc, it is our job to make sure that the people feel safe and warm and fuzzy... weather they complain about us or not... we know that if not for us.. they would really be in trouble

  • leo-nc Mar 2, 2012

    "Well, that's the problem, isn't it? It's always "justified all day long". Whether it's "he tried to ram the officer" or "he attempted to 'run over' the officer"(which always seems to be the claim when someone is simply trying to flee) or "he went for his blackberry" or "he looked at the officer wrong", the use of deadly force seem to always be "justified all day long"--Hans

    Hans, this post made me laugh. It's not always justified all day long. It's justified all day long when there is an imminent threat to the officer or the public. Have you bothered to read 15A-401(d)(2)? As for you talking about how we always "claim deadly force" when someone is simply trying to flee; it shows that your ignorance and that you constantly ignore the facts. If you saw the Troopers car it would plainly clear to you that what he said occurred is exactly what occurred.. oh wait, maybe the Trooper wrecked and he's just trying to justify that, right? That's your mindset. It's always the police at fault.

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