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Suspect in Wayne deputy shooting dies

Posted September 20, 2011

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— 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.

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  • YA RECKON Sep 20, 2011

    No great loss here, my only question is who's gonna cover the hospital bills,

    Glad the officers are Okay

  • workingforthosethatwont Sep 20, 2011

    he's still somebody's child. you know his Mother didn't mean for it to come to this.

  • kota29473 Sep 20, 2011

    WE"RE gonna miss ya....NOT

  • airbornemonty Sep 20, 2011

    Well, did they arrest the four people that fled in the car?

    Quite often we get just enough of the story to whet the appetite. Whatever happened to the four people that fled in the car, were they apprehended, turned loose or did they get away?

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 20, 2011

    Sorry to hear it but no one that shoots at authorities ever ends up well, nor should they.

    Praying for those who loved him.

  • hunter38 Sep 20, 2011

    oh well....more money for BEV'S Hwy.12 project

  • Preebok Sep 20, 2011

    That just saved the tax payers a whole lot of money.

  • dkdwill Sep 20, 2011

    saved the State some money...