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Man charged with shooting at Durham officer

Posted September 17, 2009 4:44 p.m. EDT

— A Durham man who was wounded two weeks ago during a shootout with Durham police was taken into custody Thursday after being released from the hospital, police said.

Elliott Josiah Pierce, 26, was charged with two counts each of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm. He was being held in the Durham County Jail under a $1 million bond.

Officers had stopped a Nissan Altima at Dearborn Drive and Ader Street for a traffic violation on Sept. 1 when a passenger got out and fired several shots at officers, police said. Officers returned fire, hitting the man in the abdomen and leg, police said.

The officers weren't injured, but the man was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment.

The Altima was found abandoned a short distance away, police said, but officers couldn't locate the driver or a second passenger.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave with pay while the State Bureau of Investigation reviews the case, which is standard procedure for officer-involves shootings.