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Chatham deputies shot; suspect dead

Posted September 17, 2009
Updated September 18, 2009

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— Two Chatham County sheriff's deputies were in stable condition Thursday night after a car chase and shootout southeast of Siler City. The suspect in the incident was shot and killed by law enforcement.

The deputies – Capt. Roy Allen and Sgt. Chris Perry – were each shot in the leg, according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office. They were listed in stable condition at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill late Thursday.

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Maj. Gary Blankenship said the chase started near the Moore County line around 12:30 p.m. when an officer attempted to pull over a vehicle that matched the description of one involved in a shooting about an hour earlier.

In that case, authorities had received a report about someone shooting from one car to another.

Danny Dixon said the chase moved past his home along Alston Bridge Road.

“Nobody around here knew what was going on,” Dixon said.

The chase ended 20 to 25 miles away in a standoff around 1:30 p.m. along Alston Bridge Road, east of Siler City, when the suspect in the car refused to surrender, Blankenship said.

“He had a weapon in the vehicle. We gave him several commands to put the weapon down. He did not. At some point there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the officers,” Blankenship said.

The officers were injured in the exchange. The suspect, David Scott Herring, 35 of Bear Creek, was shot and died at the scene.

Deputies took a second person into custody about an hour later but said he will not be charged. Authorities said the person got out of the vehicle during the chase.

Blankenship said that authorities are also investigating a third shooting stemming from reports of gunshots around 12:30 p.m. at a residence near the Moore County line at Siler City Glendon Road.

Investigators are still trying to determine if the three events are connected.

Meanwhile, agents with the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the shots fired by the deputies, which is a standard procedure.

Allen has 18 years of law enforcement experience and Perry has 14 years.

Herring had a criminal history including a charge of speeding to elude arrest in December 1990.

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  • Professor Sep 18, 2009

    "they should have used pepper spray" people?

    THAT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN USED AND THE OFFICERS WOULD BE DEAD. DON'T POINT A LOADED GUN AT AN OFFICER. YOU WILL RECEIVED A BULLET, BUT YOU WILL BE DEAD AND KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT.

  • Professor Sep 18, 2009

    Good job deputies and I hope you pull through on your injuries. Remember to obey the law and our life will not be taken because you point a gun and start shooting. What was the officers to do, stand back and get really hit? I don't think so.

  • Professor Sep 18, 2009

    Yes illegal drugs may have played a part in this man's death. But of course many people that are using illegal drugs will not learn from this. Their head is still in the clouds or somewhere.

  • Professor Sep 18, 2009

    A senseless killing! All the young man had to do was pull-over and obey the officers. But no he did not do that. Instead he started shooting at them, causing them to shoot back. He lost his life. Obey all officers when the lights goes on and sit there and do what they are asking you to do. Be smart not hard-headed.

  • Flyswatter Sep 18, 2009

    well when the man had to leave work early and come in late some days because he had to go to the methadone clinic...that should tell you...

    but what do i know?

  • queene01 Sep 18, 2009

    um k. American society gives everyone a place to have an opinion. you have yours, I have mine. Have a great weekend! :)

  • Flyswatter Sep 18, 2009

    dude had a drug problem...period.

  • queene01 Sep 18, 2009

    Flyswatter seriously, think before you type. He didn't have a drug problem when he lost weight. He changed his eating habits and also was at the gym nearly everyday. I think I would know, I saw him there.

  • Hammerhead Sep 18, 2009

    Thanks,Phoenix. People open their yapper before any facts are known, and usually end up with their foot in it because of their prejudices at either extreme.

  • 3stoogesfan Sep 18, 2009

    May God bless these officers for all they do to keep us safe from thugs like these.

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