Suspect in Wayne deputy shooting dies
Posted September 20, 2011
Greenville, N.C. — A man suspected of shooting at a Wayne County deputy last week during a chase and later shooting himself died Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Harold Harloe-Bruce Clother, 30, had been at Pitt County Memorial Hospital since the incident Thursday morning.
Deputies responding a report of a shooting in Dudley stopped a vehicle with two men and two women inside. One of the men got out to talk to deputies, and the other three sped off.
As one of the deputies chased the vehicle, someone fired shots at the patrol car with a high-powered rifle, authorities said. The car was disabled, and the deputy was injured by flying glass when the windshield was shot out.
Authorities later found the vehicle in a wooded area and tracked one of the suspects to his home. A woman came out of the house and told authorities that Clother was was threatening suicide. Officers then heard a gunshot and found Clother inside the house with a self-inflicted wound.
Clother has an extensive criminal history from Michigan and had been wanted by Michigan authorities for an outstanding warrant for probation violation of a home invasion charge, according to the Wayne sheriff's department.
No other information about the chase or shooting, including the identities of the other people in the car, has been released.