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Two officers on administrative duty following pursuit of murder suspect

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Salisbury police officers chased and shot the tires of a murder suspect's car during a pursuit Friday, according to police.

The two officers involved in the chase and shooting, Sgt. Mike Colvin and Detective Devin Barkalow, are now on administrative duty. An internal investigation is pending. 

The man facing murder charges, 29-year-old John Calvin Sifford III, crashed his car and ran away in an attempt to flee the officers, according to Salisbury police. 

Sifford was recently indicted on murder charges from a 2014 death investigation. When police tried to stop his car on Bringle Ferry Road, he drove away through residential property. After a short vehicle chase, police say they shot Sifford's tires until he crashed in front of a home on E. Lafayette Street. 

Police say he got out of the car, ran, and was caught. He was uninjured in the incident.

Police say Sifford is facing multiple drug charges and was also charged with fleeing to elude arrest in a motor vehicle. 

Sifford was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under an additional $500,000 bond. He is expected to have his first court appearance Monday. 

The Salisbury Police Department says the State Bureau of Investigation has declined to review the incident. 

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