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2 N.C. cops wounded, suspect killed after foot chase

Posted October 7, 2009 3:43 p.m. EDT
Updated October 7, 2009 8:39 p.m. EDT

— Two Winston-Salem police officers were wounded and a suspect killed after gunfire followed a foot chase from a fast-food restaurant Wednesday.

City spokesman Ed McNeal said that Sgt. Mickey Hutchens, 50, and Officer Daniel Clark, 28, were seriously injured. Police have not identified the suspect killed in the exchange.

Assistant Police Chief Barry Rountree said Wednesday afternoon that Hutchens, a 27-year veteran of the force, was in critical condition. Clark, who has been on the force for six years, was listed in serious condition.

Rountree told a news conference that police received a call at 10:29 a.m. from a woman who worked at the Bojangles restaurant on Peters Creek Parkway south of the downtown area. Rountree said the caller reported that she had seen her ex-husband, who was wanted on outstanding warrants.

Rountree didn't elaborate on the nature of the warrants.

Police arrived at the restaurant and identified the suspect, who fled on foot, Rountree said.

Hutchens and Clark pursued the man as he fled behind the restaurant. The officers caught up with the man and a struggle followed with all three being shot, Rountree said.

WXII-TV reported Forsyth County Sheriff Bill Schatzman visited the hospital's emergency room and said the officers were wounded in "critical places."

The suspect was identified as Monte Denard Evans.