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Wake deputy dragged by car during traffic stop; suspect shot

Posted July 6, 2013

— A Wake County deputy suffered minor injuries Friday night after being dragged by a car during a traffic stop on Wimberly Road in Apex, the Wake County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputy Ricky Spivey stopped Michael Joseph Morgan, of 1129 Wimberly Road, less than half a mile from his home about 7:30 p.m., officials said.

During the stop, Morgan left the scene, dragging Spivey with his vehicle. Deputy Casey Miller, who had arrived at the traffic stop to assist Spivey, fired shots at Morgan's car, hitting him twice. 

Morgan, who has been charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, was taken to Duke Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. Spivey suffered minor injuries. 

The Wake County Sheriff's Office said the State Bureau of Investigation is now in charge of the investigation, which is standard in officer-involved shootings. 

Deputy Spivey was in good condition Saturday night and is not expected to miss any days of work. Morgan's condition was unknown. 

No other information about the shooting was released.

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  • beachboater Jul 9, 2013

    I just want to know: would the same reaction have occurred if the sign used ANY other racial color or creed?

    BeenHereSince67

    Huh?????????

    This was a white suspect and a white cop. The suspect got shot. What does race have to do with this?

    I think the shooting officer did the right thing. Being dragged by a car can become deadly is a split second. Why did the guy try to run?

  • thepeopleschamp Jul 9, 2013

    "Minor injuries?.. how about 0... Typical LEO... pile on the charges nonsense..." wraluser

    Would you have been happier had the Deputy received major injuries?

  • sightfisher Jul 8, 2013

    wraluser, Micheal Morgan has a LONG history of assaults, serious assaults. I doubt this one was made up by a LEO to "pile charges". This is a guy who has skipped through the judicial system several times and its only a mater of time before he kills someone.

  • WRAL_USER Jul 8, 2013

    The definition of being "dragged" by LEO is if the vehicle moves while they are touching it... Minor injuries?.. how about 0... Typical LEO... pile on the charges nonsense...

  • PDMARTIN Jul 8, 2013

    bad driver? Really, you chalk this up to bad driving? Why not just say he was jaywalking? This man had a reason to flee from law enforcement and did so, he wasn't out for a Sunday drive.

  • LocalYokel Jul 8, 2013

    Bad drivers are extremely dangerous people. They injure law enforcement as well as the public on a regular basis. Anyone willing to drag a government official would certainly be capable of killing or injuring the public.

    Thanks to those brave officers who work to get this bad driving scum off our public roads!

  • BeenHereSince67 Jul 8, 2013

    I just want to know: would the same reaction have occurred if the sign used ANY other racial color or creed?