Onslow County Man Suspect In Chase, Police Shooting

An Onslow County man is in custody after deputies say he led police on a multi-county chase Tuesday morning and shot an officer in the leg.

William Welton, Jr. is a painter from Stella. Police say it started in Wilkes County around midnight when Welton drove through a traffic checkpoint. They chased Wleton down Interstate 77 into Statesville. Police say his car was stopped and Welton is accused of firing shots at one trooper before running into the woods.

Hours later they captured Welton after a shootout where both he and and a Iredell County detective were shot. That detective has been released from the hospital.

Onslow County authorities say Welton was shot twice. Records show has been confined twice for multiple traffic violations including speeding to elude, reckless driving, driving while licenses revoked, and other traffic offenses.

When Welton is released, deputies say they plan to charge him with attempted first-degree murder, felony assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury with the intent to kill.

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