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Robbery, carjacking suspect killed in officer-involved shooting

Posted July 21, 2013

A suspect in a Johnston County convenience store robbery and a carjacking was shot and killed following a chase that ended in Wilson County.

— WRAL News has learned that a suspect wanted in connection with two armed robberies and a carjacking in Smithfield early Sunday was killed in an officer-involved shooting after a chase that ended in Wilson County.

Shortly after midnight, police responded to a robbery at Kangaroo Express, 1137 North Bright Leaf Blvd., where witnesses reported that the suspect fled on foot.

A short time later, authorities said, a person was robbed and carjacked in the parking lot of American Pride Car Wash, also on North Bright Leaf Boulevard.

At some point, authorities from several law enforcement agencies were involved in a chase that ended on N.C. Highway 42 near Interstate 95 in Wilson County.

WRAL News video from the scene shows two damaged police cruisers. One appears to have been in a crash; the other appears to have bullet-hole damage.

Further details of the shooting or the suspect were not immediately available, and local authorities have referred all questions to the State Bureau of Investigation.

The SBI has not released any details and, as of Sunday evening, has not responded to requests for comment.

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  • baldchip Jul 22, 9:26 a.m.

    What time did the actual shooting take place? We were returning from Lake Gaston a little after 1 yesterday. Getting off at NC 42 to go to Clayton, it looked like a fresh crime scene, not one that happened 12 hours earlier!

    Hope all officers are ok!!

  • thepeopleschamp Jul 22, 9:26 a.m.

    "Wilson Co deputies blocked the I95 overpass most of Sunday morning with no other obvious activity going on. Guess the SBI was taking their time getting there. Really inconvienent with no detour signs or instructions on how to get around the road block." itlsss

    Sorry the officers who were shot at and those responding didn't take time to put up detour signs and give driving instructions.

  • itlsss Jul 22, 8:30 a.m.

    Wilson Co deputies blocked the I95 overpass most of Sunday morning with no other obvious activity going on. Guess the SBI was taking their time getting there. Really inconvienent with no detour signs or instructions on how to get around the road block.

  • oleguy Jul 22, 8:11 a.m.

    This story sure is slow to come out fully.