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Wounded Policeman in Good Condition

Posted March 21, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Police are still searching for the man they say shot a Kenansville police officer. The officer's condition has been upgraded to good, but authorities fear the gunman won't hesitate to use his weapon again.

Officer Wade Feimster was shot by a motorist at a drug checkpoint in Magnolia Thursday night. Police say a man in a Bronco tried to avoid the checkpoint, crashed the vehicle, then shot Feimster in the abdomen and fled into a wooded area.

Six different local agencies continue to search for 23-year-old William Earl Lawson who has been wanted on several drug-related charges since last April. Police say they are not sure it was Lawson who shot Feimster, but they do need to talk to him.

Duplin County Sheriff George Garner says it had been rumored Lawson was in the area.

Police say they believe the crashed Bronco belongs to Lawson's father. They say Lawson is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Sheriff Garner says anyone with information on Lawson's whereabouts should call the Duplin County Sheriff's Office at 910-296-2150.