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Rocky Mount Police Officer Recovering; Shooting Suspect Still Loose

Posted September 10, 2005

— Law-enforcement agencies continued to search for a suspect who shot a Rocky Mount police officer Friday afternoon, police said.

Police said officer B.G. Brown was shot by Flavivo Alarcon Cerecedo at the Cross Creek Mobile Home Park, which is located off of Instrument Drive, in northern Rocky Mount.

Rocky Mount police received a call at around 3:15 p.m. about a man sitting in a car with a handgun at

2133 Brandon Lane

. When officers arrived at the scene, the car was empty.

Police said Cerecedo then ran from the mobile home park and fired several shots; one of the shots struck Brown, who has been with the Rocky Mount Police Department for ten years.

Brown was taken to Nash General Hospital for treatment and then flown to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, where his condition has stabilized, authorities said.

Cerecedo was last seen running through the mobile home park wearing a white tank-top and dark-colored shorts.

He is described as standing between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 165 pounds. Investigators said Cerecedo also goes by the names Mateo Thomas and Miguel Pina.

Chuck Taylor, who lives in the mobile home park, said he constantly fears for his family's safety.

"When you live in a place like this, when you see something, you try not to see it," Taylor said. "We're just trying to protect our families."


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