ALBEMARLE, NC (WBTV) - A search is underway in Moore County after officers say a gunman shot up a police car in Albemarle Sunday afternoon.
According to the Albemarle Police Department, officers received a call about a possible shooting that took place on T.E. White Drive near Elizabeth Avenue around noon.
As officers arrived, they found a gold 2002 Chevrolet truck that crashed with no driver around. The vehicle had a bullet hole in the passenger side of the door.
A short time later, a person walked up claiming to be the driver of the truck but would not give law enforcement the information about the shooting.
Officials say neighbors in the area claimed to have seen someone driving a black Lexus shooting at the truck.
That information was sent out to other officers in the area, and another officer located that vehicle on NC 24/27 near Taco Bell.
As that officer turned on his blue lights and siren, a passenger in the black Lexus stood up through the sunroof and began shooting at the officer with a high-powered rifle striking the police car in three different places.
Bullets hit the police car once on the driver’s side windshield, once on the driver’s side hood and once in the driver’s side grill that damaged the radiator making the car inoperable.
The officer was not hit nor injured.
While the suspect was shooting at the officer, a stray bullet struck another vehicle in the windshield causing the bullet to ricochet and hit the driver.
That driver suffered non-life threatening injuries, was treated by paramedics at the scene and released.
Witnesses near the incident say the person shooting from the black Lexus was described as a black male with dreads.
According to Chief of Police Danny Bowen, after the suspect fired the shots at the police car, the vehicle headed toward Moore County.
Montgomery County also helped Albemarle in the search for the suspect’s car.
According to WNCN in Raleigh, officials chased the suspects to Moore County when the pair jumped out of their car and fled in a woods beside NC 24, about three miles west of Carthage, NC.
Officers are actively searching for the armed men and say the situation is of extreme severity, presenting “extraordinary threat to life or property.”
If you have any information on either shooting, please contact the Albemarle Police Department 704-984-9500, or you may leave an anonymous tip at 704-984-9511.