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Vance sheriff: Deputy shoots man who tried to run him over

Posted June 24, 2013

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— The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into a shooting involving a Vance County sheriff's deputy that happened Monday afternoon near Kerr Lake in Vance County.

Sheriff Peter White said Sgt. Tony Wallace had gotten out of his cruiser in a parking lot on Flemingtown Road in Henderson to go after John Mann Jr. when Wallace lost his balance.

Mann then circled around and tried to run over Wallace with the car, White said. That's when Wallace shot him in the arm and shoulder.

Wallace wasn't injured, and Mann, 25, who was taken to Duke University Hospital in Durham, is expected to be OK. Charges are pending.

White said Wallace was responding to a report of unauthorized use of a vehicle and was also trying to serve an arrest warrant on a larceny charge.

Vance deputy shoots man who tried to run him over Vance deputy shoots man who tried to run him over

But Mann, White said, led authorities on a pursuit that ended in the parking lot.

"Literally, he was driving in circles and kind of laughing the whole time," White said.

White said Mann has a prior criminal record and that he is no stranger to local law enforcement.

"We know him," he said. "We've dealt with him before."

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