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Man accused of shooting at Wake sheriff's deputy arrested

Posted December 1, 2014 4:03 a.m. EST
Updated December 1, 2014 7:39 p.m. EST

— Authorities have arrested a man wanted for allegedly shooting at a Wake County sheriff's deputy during a chase through Raleigh Sunday night, a spokesman for the sheriff's office said Monday.

Alexander Oregon Gallardo, 18, was wanted on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and attempted murder, following the pursuit, which started shortly before 9 p.m. when Deputy Unberto Espinoza noticed a white Toyota sedan speeding down New Hope Road.

Espinoza followed the stolen car until it crashed around 10:45 p.m. in the area of Lake Woodard and Terminal drives.

Gallardo is accused of firing on a deputy's cruiser. A bullet hit radar equipment mounted on the vehicle's dashboard just left of the steering wheel.

Espinoza, who has been with the sheriff's office for six years, was not injured.

Authorities arrested the three others in the car.

Carlos Eduardo Argueta-Diaz, 16, of 4650 Ravi Road, Raleigh, is charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony fleeing/eluding arrest with a motor vehicle and resisting a public officer.

The other two people are juveniles, and authorities did not release their names.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Gallardo is an absconder from probation – a sentence stemming from a February 2013 conviction of charges of breaking and entering and larceny – and was being sought by the U.S. Marshals Service.