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Wake County deputy fired shot at suspect who hit him with car; no injuries reported

Posted February 26, 2019 4:00 p.m. EST
Updated February 27, 2019 4:38 a.m. EST

— A suspect was arrested Tuesday afternoon after authorities said he hit a Wake County deputy with his car during a traffic stop.

Eric Curry with the Wake County Sheriff's Office said a deputy pulled a vehicle over for driving erratically at about 3:30 p.m. and exited the patrol car. At that point, the driver, identified as Yama Ahmadi, backed his car up and quickly moved forward, hitting the deputy as he approached the car.

The deputy fell to the ground and fired one shot at the Ahmadi, citing a "threat of force."

"He backed up, the suspect backed up, the officer fired one shot and then, the next thing we know, the chase started again," a witness told WRAL News.

Ahmadi fled before crashing into a fence outside a home about 1 mile away on Ebenezer Church Road, Curry said.

Authorities said Ahmadi then fled on foot but was taken into custody after an hour-long search.

Curry said no injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

When Jennifer Matthews and her daughter got closer to their house Tuesday, it was clear the police activity had just reached their driveway before they did.

"The car had crashed into our fence. I pulled into the driveway and stopped, concerned," Matthews said. "That's the car that came crashing through. You see the debris field of parts and pieces, the radiator came out of the front."

She had seen the car speeding by on the way home, before it crashed through her fence and into her front yard.

"The Highway Patrolman indicated that he was going at least 70 when he tried to turn," she said, noting the posted speed limit is 35 mph.

Ahmadi, 22, of 104 Dartmouth Road, is facing several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and felony speeding to elude arrest. He bonded out of the Wake County Detention Center at $25,000.