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Suspects Sought in Shooting of Scotland County Deputy

Posted March 29, 2001

— The search continues for two men suspected of shooting a Scotland County deputy while in the line of duty Friday.

Authorities issued a composite sketch of one of the suspects Friday night. He is described as being six feet tall, 180-200 pounds, with a dark complexion and dark hair.

The car the suspects fled in was recovered at about 3 p.m. Friday just off of Highway 401 in Hoke County. Officials surrounded two houses near where the car was found, but the suspects were not inside.

Moore Regional Hospital officials say the deputy, 54-year-old Dan Skamperle, is in good condition following surgery.

Skamperle was shot in Hoke County near theMcCain Correctional Hospitalon Highway 211.

He was chasing the suspects in connection with a break-in at a Scotland County home. During the chase, the deputy discovered the Jeep the suspects were in was stolen from Fayetteville.

The deputy was shot several times in his arm and leg.

The two suspects then traveled in the deputy's unmarked car -- a burgundy Chevrolet Impala -- to the area around Fort Bragg.

The Skamperle family has issued the following statement in response to questions regarding the condition of Dan Skamperle, the Scotland County sheriff's deputy shot in the line of duty yesterday in Hoke County.

"We appreciate the outpouring of care, concern and support from friends, law enforcement officers and the general public. Dan is presently in good condition, and is resting well.

The family would be most grateful if our need for privacy can be respected. At this time, we cannot accept requests for interviews or respond to telephone calls."


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