Authorities: Driver shot after hitting three Union County Sheriff’s cruisers during attempted traffic stop

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were trying to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver didn’t comply and took off.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were trying to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver didn’t comply and took off.
Published: Mar. 15, 2022 at 9:44 PM EDT
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MONROE, N.C. (WBTV) - A Union County Sheriff’s Office deputy was involved in a shooting Tuesday evening in Monroe.

The UCSO said one of its deputies shot a man at the Sunny Food Mart on Walkup Avenue before 8 p.m. during a traffic stop. The deputy was uninjured.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were trying to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver didn’t comply and took off.

Authorities say in an attempt to run from deputies, the driver hit three patrol cruisers. That’s when officials say a deputy fired at the car, hitting the driver

Deputies on scene rendered first aid and the driver was ultimately taken to Atrium Main for further medical treatment, according to the UCSO. At the time of the shooting, several people were inside the vehicle, but only the driver was injured, authorities said.

The UCSO deputies involved in this incident were not injured. As is standard protocol, the sheriff has requested the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to conduct an independent investigation.

All deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave per protocol, according to the sheriff’s office.

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