Caldwell County Deputy Shot Below Vest, And Now The Gunman Is Running Free

A manhunt is underway for the driver of a blue Toyota sedan who police believe shot a Caldwell County deputy.

Caldwell County, NC – A manhunt is underway for a driver who opened fire on a Caldwell County sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop on Sunday night.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m., when the deputy initiated a traffic stop on the driver of a blue Toyota sedan on Cheraw Road near Pisgah Church Road near the town of Lenoir, WTVD reported.

The details of what transpired during the stop were unclear, but culminated when the unnamed deputy was shot below his ballistic vest.

The deputy, a one-year veteran of the department, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center by air ambulance.

He was taken in for emergency surgery and was listed in stable condition on Monday morning, according to WBTV.

The suspect sped away from the scene and has not been located, WSOC reported.

The motive for the shooting was unknown.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations is assisting the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office with the ongoing investigation.

The area where the shooting occurred was described as a heavily wooded, rural section of the county, WJZY reported.

The nearest residence was a couple of miles away.

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Comments (6)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

I keep hearing that policing isn't a dangerous job. Yet hardly a day goes by where I don't read about a cop being shot, killed or assaulted. I guess the job isn't dangerous to those that write those comments from the safety of their own homes.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

Did he call the plate in to dispatch?

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I hope they get the shooter soon and that no one else (except maybe the guilty) will be harmed.

Dispatch906
Dispatch906

He may have pulled it over for the reason of NO tag

dsmarine
dsmarine

There needs to be some driver's ed changes like turning on dome lights, showing hands out the windows - something!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Being a cop lately is like being a Marine in an active combat zone.