Officer injured in traffic stop

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KaShard Raheem Howell


Staff Writer

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Authorities charged a motorist late Wednesday with trying to run over and kill a Rocky Mount police officer who had stopped him for probation violations.

KaShard Raheem Howell, 21, of Nashville, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

The incident occurred at 4:46 p.m. Wednesday when Rocky Mount police officers and Nash County deputies conducted a criminal traffic stop in the 900 block of South Grace Street. Officers identified Howell, who has two outstanding warrants for probation violations, said Cpl. Brad Summerlin, public information officer for the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Officer C.R. Robinson approached the stopped vehicle and attempted to take Howell into custody when Howell drove away with Robinson still partially inside.

Howell's vehicle sideswiped another vehicle while Robinson was still holding onto Howell's vehicle. Robinson was thrown from the vehicle a short time later. He was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police and deputies pursued Howell until he was taken into custody on Mill Street. During the pursuit, Howell tossed a handgun and narcotics out of the window of his vehicle, Summerlin said.

Howell was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon in April and sentenced to two years probation. In 2015, Howell was charged in Wake County with fleeing and eluding arrest with a motor vehicle.