3 in custody after NC State Highway Patrol trooper shot, officials say

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WILSON, NC (CBS17/WBTW) — Authorities say three people are in custody after a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper was shot on Monday.

Highway patrol identified the victim as Trooper Daniel C. Harrell. He’s a five-year veteran assigned to Wilson County. The release said he was transported to a local hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The incident was reported before 5:45 p.m. along N.C. Highway 42 East near the Bridgersville community, about eight miles east-northeast of Wilson in Wilson County, according to the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office.

The injured trooper was taken to Viadant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment, a hospital official said.

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office tweeted at 6:13 p.m.: “Suspect is on the run.”

Wilson County Sheriff Calvin L. Woodard said in a statement that authorities are looking for 36-year-old John David Jones. He is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Jones was last seen wearing blue jeans, brown work boots, and a green and dark blue coat. He’s about 6-feet tall and 175 pounds. 

Late Monday, troopers said two suspects involved in the shooting were in custody, but a search was underway for a third suspect.

Officials said that two of three suspects have been aprehended, but couldn’t specify who was in custody and who was on the run. 

The trooper’s white cruiser, which was still at the scene as of 7 p.m., appeared to have 12 bullet holes in the windshield and major front-end damage.

Here is the full text from the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office:

“We have received word that a State Trooper has been shot in Wilson County. Suspect is on the run. Trooper is being transported to the hospital with condition unknown. Praying for the trooper! Praying that 2019 gets better. We can’t stay on this path.”

Late Monday, Highway Patrol said Trooper Harrell was in stable condition.

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