The Moore County Sheriff’s Office has discontinued the ground search Monday morning for the two suspects wanted in connection for the shooting at an Albemarle police officer Sunday.
Law enforcement believe “The two black male suspects have been picked up and transported out of the area,” said Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey in a news release. Carthage area residents are encouraged to call 911 if they see suspicious activity though.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were searching for the suspects in the Carthage area who allegedly fired at a police officer in Albermarle. Authorities say the incident began in Albemarle early Sunday afternoon when an officer attempted to stop a Lexus vehicle possibly involved in an earlier shooting.
Authorities directing emergency vehicles into the command post Sunday afternoon.
The car fled with the passenger standing up in the sunroof and firing at the police officer with a high-powered rifle. “Our vehicle was struck three times, fortunately the officer was not struck,” said Albermarle Police Department.
Law enforcement chased the vehicle into Moore County, and the suspects jumped from the car and fled on foot about three miles outside of Carthage on 24/27. Moore County Sheriff’s deputies shut down roads for a several mile radius around the area.
Authorities set up a command post and deputies and other law enforcement officers searched a wooded area into the evening hours. Deputies searched on foot with the assistance of the Highway Patrol helicopter, drones and a bloodhound from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office but were unable to locate the two suspects.
“Officers did recover weapons from the vehicle, including an AK-47,” said Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey Sunday at the command post. “The suspects are considered armed and dangerous.”
The Moore County Sheriff’s Office will continue to assist the Albemarle Police Department with this investigation.
Feature photo: Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey at the command post Sunday afternoon.
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“The suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled as they came upon the area where deputies were putting stop sticks across the road,” said Sheriff Neil Godfrey at the command post. “Officers did recover weapons from the vehicle, including an AK-47. They have officers and K9s in the woods tracking the suspects. They are considered armed and dangerous. The NC Highway Patrol has a helicopter searching for the suspects.”