Shots fired at Tarboro police car


From Staff Reports

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Tarboro police officer was the victim of an aggravated assault on Saturday when his vehicle was struck by gunfire and the Tarboro Police Department is offering a reward for any information that leads to the arrest of anyone responsible.

An unidentified officer stopped a vehicle shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of East Avenue and Edmondson Avenue. After a brief interaction with the occupants of the vehicle lasting approximately three minutes, the officer released the vehicle and cleared the stop. While doing so, he heard what sounded like a blunt object striking the trunk of his patrol car. Shortly thereafter, a call was received by the 911 center regarding a report of shots fired near the same intersection.

Additional officers responded to the area while the officer inspected his vehicle for damage and discovered his vehicle had been struck by gunfire, according to a press release from the Tarboro Police Department. Officers began canvassing the area and searching for evidence while a K-9 team tried to track a suspect. These searches uncovered evidence suggesting that multiple rounds had been fired at the officer from a concealed location.

The police officer was not wounded in the incident.

Despite various interviews and residential searches, no arrests have been made, Tarboro police said. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Tarboro Police Department at 252-641-4247 or 252-641-4211. All information will be kept strictly confidential.