No injuries reported after trooper fires gun in Wilson car chase
Posted January 1
Updated January 2
Wilson, N.C. — No one was injured when a trooper fired his gun at a car during a chase in Wilson on Friday.
Officials with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Trooper Francisco Munoz attempted to stop a 2002 Suzuki SUV around 10:45 p.m. for a seat belt violation on Ward Boulevard. A chase ensued when the driver failed to stop.
According to authorities, the car traveled behind a home, and Munoz tried to block the driver from leaving the scene. When Munoz got out of his cruiser, the person began to drive towards him, causing Munoz to fire his weapon.
The driver fled the scene on foot but was later arrested.
Tyre Thorne, 21, was charged with felony speeding to elude, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, driving while impaired, speeding 70 mph in a 35-mph zone, failure to wear a seatbelt and failure to stop at a stop sign. He was being held at the Wilson County Detention Center.
Munoz, who has worked for the Highway Patrol since June 2015, has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation as is standard operating procedure in any patrol-involved shooting. The State Bureau of Investigation also is looking into the case.