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Morrisville officer suffers medical episode during pursuit of shooting suspects

Posted March 16, 2015
Updated March 17, 2015

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— An "officer down" call was reported at N.C. Highway 540 and N.C. Highway 54 Monday night in the same area where authorities were chasing a vehicle wanted in an earlier shooting in Morrisville.

The call was related to a Morrisville police officer who suffered a medical episode during the pursuit and damaged his cruiser's front passenger tire after hitting a curb, sources said.

The officer was talking when he was transported to Duke University Hospital, sources said. He was stabilized and stayed at the hospital overnight for observation, town officials said.

Westbound lanes of N.C. 540 were briefly closed during the investigation.

The suspect vehicle was wanted in a shooting at 3000 Bristol Creek Drive.

The shooting was reported at about 9:15 p.m. after four people approached an apartment, then got into an argument with two occupants, officials said.

One person was shot in the leg while the other was assaulted, officials said. Both were taken to Duke University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

One neighbor told WRAL News the victim said, "They tried to rob me, and they shot me." Another neighbor said the gunshot victim jumped from a second-floor balcony.

Authorities said they "engaged the suspect vehicle" at N.C. 540 and N.C. 54 but did not elaborate.

Authorities were searching for the people Monday night, who were last seen in a newer model red Dodge charger with temporary tags. Investigators were unable to provide a detailed description of the people.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-463-1577.

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  • Alexia Proper Mar 17, 2015
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    Apparently they did, because I don't see the original comment.

    That said, I don't think they should. I appreciate the need to delete messages with offensive, vulgar, or slanderous content, but this is not one of those. It's really not a big deal. And, had it not been for that comment, there wouldn't have been much else to talk about!

  • Ginger Lynn Mar 17, 2015
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    I think WRAL is relying on Facebook now keep people from making ridiculous comments. It doesn't seem to moderate at all any more. Maybe if someone reports it.

  • Tom Smith Mar 17, 2015
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    and yet still more professional and intelligent than you could ever hope to be. todd jenkins = professional failure

  • Collin McLoud Mar 17, 2015
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    I see WRAL allows immature people like Todd to make comments.

  • Donald Holder Mar 17, 2015
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    Well that was uncalled for.