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Man charged with shooting at Durham officers

Posted September 2, 2009 11:22 a.m. EDT
Updated September 2, 2009 12:07 p.m. EDT

— A Durham man who exchanged gunfire with police Tuesday night has been charged in the incident.

Elliott Josiah Pierce, 26, of Durham, was a passenger in a car pulled over by police at Dearborn Drive and Ader Street just after 10:30 p.m., police said.

Police said Pierce got out of the car and fired several shots at officers. Officers returned fire, hitting him in the abdomen and leg. The officers were not injured.

Pierce was being treated for his injuries Wednesday at Duke University Hospital.

He faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He had a previous charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for an incident that happened on Aug. 11.

As is standard procedure when a law enforcement officer fires a weapon, the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave with pay and the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) will investigate.

Police found the car, a Nissan Altima, abandoned a short distance away, but were still searching for the driver and a second passenger.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 919-560-4440, ext. 29350 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.