A suspect is on the run Monday night after a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper was shot Monday afternoon, officials said.
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.
Harrell is a third-generation trooper, according to the Wilson Times. He was sworn in on May 30, 2014.
Wilson County Sheriff Calvin L. Woodard said in a statement that authorities are looking for 36-year-old John David Jones. He is charged with 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.
“Authorities from several local and state agencies are actively searching for the suspect who is considered to be armed and dangerous,” the release read.
The suspect vehicle was found on Ervin Place off Cattail Road, officials said.
NCSHP said the incident happened on Hanes Road in Wilson County. Harrell was conducting a traffic stop.
Harrell was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment, a hospital official said. There was no word on the trooper’s condition.
The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office tweeted at 6:13 p.m.: “Suspect is on the run.”
Harrell’s white cruiser, which was still at the scene as of 7 p.m., appeared to have 12 bullet holes in the windshield and 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.”
The Fayetteville Police Department also tweeted about the shooting:
“We stand with the @NCSHP and they are in our thoughts and prayers as one of their own was shot this evening in Wilson County. Prayers for a complete recovery.”
“This needless assault provides another reminder of the perils law enforcement officers face each day”, said Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr, commander of the State Highway Patrol. “I would ask everyone to keep Trooper Harrell’s family and our entire organization in their thoughts and prayers.”
No other details were immediately available.