TARBORO, NC (WNCT) – Tarboro Police said an officer was on administrative leave pending a State Investigation Bureau investigation after a suspect was shot when the An officer’s weapon was unloaded during an arrest.
Police said in a press release on Sunday evening that the incident happened around 9:45 a.m. on Sunday morning at a traffic safety checkpoint near Edgecombe Community College. A driver, Christopher Tervon Harris, 30, was arrested and, while speaking to officers, fled, leading to a chase.
“In doing so, an individual approached and officers detected a smell of marijuana and alcohol coming from the vehicle,” police said in the statement.
The pursuit ended when the suspect crashed his vehicle into another vehicle. The suspect then attempted to flee from the scene as police pursued him. An officer captured Harris and in the process his gun fired, hitting Harris.
“During this time, the officer’s gun discharged, causing a non-life-threatening injury to the driver,” police said.
Harris was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he was treated and released. He was subsequently charged with speeding to evade arrest, possession with intent to sell / deliver cocaine, resisting / delaying / hindering a public official and reckless and reckless driving. He was released later Sunday on an unsecured bond of $ 10,000.
The officer will be on administrative leave pending the outcome of the SBI investigation.
“Since a gun was discharged during this interaction, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has been contacted to investigate the incident, which is standard protocol,” said the police.