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Update: Man Who Shot N.C. Officer Commits Suicide After Being Surrounded

Update: Man Who Shot N.C. Officer Commits Suicide After Being Surrounded

Investigators go through a Geo Prism automobile in the parking lot of Halifax Academy located at 1400 Three Bridges Road after a Roanoke Rapids Police Officer was shot on I-95, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. (AP Photo, Brad Coville)

Associated Press

November 18, 2010

UPDATE:

ROANOKE RAPIDS — Roanoke Rapids officials say a man suspected in the shooting of a police officer is dead and a woman has been arrested.

City Manager Paul Sabiston says the man shot himself around 11:30 a.m. Thursday after a brief standoff with police in woods on the outskirts of Roanoke Rapids. Sabiston says the woman was taken into custody in the area. He didn’t know the name of either suspect.

Authorities had been searching for the pair since Wednesday afternoon, when police officer John Taylor was shot and wounded during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 near the Virginia line. Taylor is in critical condition in a Greenville hospital.

Authorities think the man and woman were in a vehicle that had been stolen in Pennsylvania.

ROANOKE RAPIDS, NC – A Roanoke Rapids police officer is in critical condition after being shot and wounded Wednesday during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Halifax County.

A nursing coordinator at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville said this morning that officer John Taylor was in critical condition.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Gordon says the officer was wounded Wednesday afternoon after stopping a car with a Pennsylvania license plate.

The southbound lanes of I-95 were closed for hours while officers searched for the suspects. Gordon says the car was found in the parking lot of Halifax Academy south of Roanoke Rapids. The school was locked down while officers searched for the man and woman in the car.

The search continues this morning.


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