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One person shot, three others injured during multi-county chase that ends in Virginia

Posted September 5, 2020 8:50 p.m. EDT
Updated September 9, 2020 1:58 p.m. EDT

— A multi-county, high-speed chase that began on Interstate 95 North in Nash County on Saturday ended in Virginia with a suspect in custody, and three people, including a Nash County deputy injured.

Deputies with the Nash County Sheriff's Office said they received calls about a man named Franklin Joseph Dangerfield, of S.C., shooting at vehicles with a sawed-off shotgun before 7 p.m. Saturday.

The chase began on Interstate 95 North in southern Nash County and went through Halifax County before crossing the North Carolina-Virginia state line. It ended at Mile Marker 11A in the Emporia, Va., area. There were shots fired during the chase, officials said.

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital. At least one person was shot. WRAL's Bryan Mims reports a 70-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder. She was transferred to Nash UNC Health Care in Rocky Mount then taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Mims said a second woman, a passenger in another vehicle that was shot at, was injured by shattered glass that punctured her. She was taken to a hospital in Roanoke Rapids. A Nash County deputy was also injured in the chase and taken to a hospital in Emporia, Va., with non-life threatening injuries.

A Nash County deputy was also injured in the chase and taken to a hospital in Emporia, Va., with non-life threatening injuries.

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone told Mims he received reports of shootings as far south as Robeson County. He said the suspect was driving a pickup truck with South Carolina license plates and had a sawed-off shotgun with him.

"It's a very scary situation and God was with these people last night," said Stone.

The chase reached speeds of around 100 mph, officials said. The pickup truck the suspect was driving ended up crashing in the median of the highway. A Nash County deputy's cruiser was also damaged in the chase.

Mims also reports the Robeson County Sheriff's Office spoke with someone who was shot at on I-95 near Lumberton, just after 5 p.m. A woman called 911 and said she and her boyfriend saw a truck pull up along side them and start shooting. The suspect then sped off as they called 911. They also said they attempted to stay with the vehicle but it was driving recklessly and speeding.

That victim's vehicle had gunshot pellets in it. The Robeson County Sheriff's Office was investigating this incident. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms was also involved in both investigations.

Virginia State Police took over the chase when the suspect cross the state lines. They later arrested Dangerfield.

Ronnie Eastman was riding north bound on I-95 when he says he encountered the suspect on the road.

"He rolled his window down and he stuck a gun out the window and pointed it directly at us," described Eastman.

Dangerfield will faces a number of charges: including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury on two people and several assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill charges on up to eight people.

Dangerfield is in custody at Soutside Regional Jail in Emporia, VA.

(Additional videos from Nick Falvey)

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