Deputy Shooting Suspect Dies At PCMH

A man lawmen say fired on a deputy and then shot himself has died, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

Harold Clother died Tuesday morning at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Lawmen say Clother shot himself last Thursday as lawmen approached him in Dudley. He was wanted for firing on a deputy several hours earlier.

The search for Clother began early Thursday morning. He was in a vehicle that had driven away from lawmen and was being chased by Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy Travis Cox. Lawmen say the suspect car stopped abruptly, and Clother started firing. Deputy Cox suffered minor injuries from broken glass but dodged the bullets.

Lawmen searched on the ground and by helicopter to find Clother and tracked the 30-year-old man down on Timothy Street in Dudley. As lawmen were approaching the residence, Clother's girlfriend, April Crisp, left the home and told them Clother was threatening suicide. That's when deputies heard a shot. Inside they found Clother with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, which is where he died Tuesday morning.

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Wayne County lawmen say a man who they believe shot at a deputy sheriff this morning seriously wounded himself as deputies approached.

Sheriff Carey Winders identified the gunman as Harold Clother, who the sheriff says was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital with head injuries. He's now in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Clother was found around 8:30 a.m. after deputies received a call to Timothy Street in Dudley about a man with a gun. The sheriff says Clother went to his girlfriend's home, who was also with him during the deputy shooting. Winders says they have recovered the suspected weapon.

The sheriff says it started around 12:30 a.m. when deputies responded to reports of shots fired in the Rollingwood subdivision of Dudley. As Deputy Chris Jackson approached the area he saw a vehicle fitting the description. As he approached the stopped vehicle, it drove off with two men and two women inside. Deputy Travis Cox had just arrived and chased the vehicle down Old Mount Olive Highway, Genoa Road and Pecan Road.

Winders says at one point the driver slammed on his brakes and someone in the vehicle shot several times at the cruiser with what appeared to be a SKS high-powered rifle. The cruiser was struck several times, incapacitating it and shooting out the windshield. Deputy Cox received minor injuries from the breaking glass.

The vehicle was later found in a wooded area off Casey's Saw Mill Road. Two helicopters and a SWAT team were used to search that area.

The sheriff says they since have learned that Clother got into another vehicle, which was found on Timothy Street. As lawmen were approaching that residence, Clother's girlfriend, April Crisp, left the home and told them Clother was threatening suicide. That's when deputies head a shot. Inside they found the 30-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head.

Deputies says Clother has an extensive criminal history from Michigan and is wanted there for a probation violation involving a home invasion charge.

So far no charges have been brought in the deputy shooting.

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Deputies involved in the search for a man who shot at a Wayne County deputy this morning are now concentrating their efforts at a mobile home park in Dudley.

The deputy was shot at after a traffic stop around 12:30 a.m. in Rollingwood Estates of Old Mount Olive Rd. The officer was able to duck and avoid the bullets. Sheriff Carey Winders says the deputy's injuries were only cuts from the broken windshield.

A SWAT team and the Highway Patrol helicopter were brought in to search a vehicle on Weber Lane, off of Casey Mill Rd. while other agencies searched in the area of Arrington Bridge Road and Casey Mill Road. The area is near the Neuse River and is described as riddled with swamps.

Around 8:45 a.m. deputies were alerted to a man with a gun on Timothy Street in Dudley. WITN was told by witnesses that an ambulance left the area a short time later. We are awaiting an update from Wayne County authorities on the situation.

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We have new details now from Wayne County where lawmen are searching for the person who fired at a deputy.

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders spoke with WITN's Hilary Magacs at length about the attack on the deputy. Sheriff Winders says deputies were call to a shots fired call just after midnight Thursday in Rollingwood Estates of Old Mount Olive Rd. Responding deputies stopped the suspect vehicle, and the driver appeared in intoxicated. Sheriff Winders says deputies put the driver in one of their patrol cars.

That's when one of the other three people in the car took the wheel and drove off. Another deputy who had just arrived for back-up started chasing the car. When the chase was on Pecan Road, south of Goldsboro, Sheriff Winders says the driver abruptly hit the brakes. A man then got out of the suspect car and started firing at the deputy. He was able to duck and avoid the bullets. Winders says the deputy's injuries were only cuts from the broken windshield.

The search for the three people in this vehicle has continued ever since. A SWAT team and the Highway Patrol helicopter were brought in to search a vehicle on Weber Lane, off of Casey Mill Rd. We're told the vehicle was empty, and the search continues.

Several law enforcement agencies are part of the search for the suspect in the area of Arrington Bridge Road and Casey Mill Road in Dudley in Wayne County. The area is near the Neuse River and is described as riddled with swamps.

Casey Mill Road was shut down for a time this morning, and Sheriff Winders says lawmen alerted all the residents by phone and by knocking on doors. Casey Mill Road was opened again by 7:30 a.m.

This is a breaking news story. We will update it as information becomes available.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 at 05:24 PM
    I guess that few people will acknowledge what I am about to say. Like Paul Harvey used to say ... "Stand by for news!" You can say justice was served, make little snide comments or whatever. You don't know the whole story, about the place they went to shoot -up or the cops that didn't do their job in the first place! The stolen motorcycles that the owner said were at the said residence they shot at! Bottom line, the cops there are crooks! Just remember this, "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth"! Don't wanna do your job as a law enforcement officer? Stand by!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 at 04:05 PM
    thats my dog.
  • by c duffing Location: michigan on Oct 1, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    I was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven's door; not by its beauty, or holy light or its decor. But it was the folks in Heaven who made me sputter and gasp - The thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics, the trash. There stood the kid from seventh grade who swiped my lunch money twice. Next to him was my old neighbor who never said anything nice. Bob, who I had thought was rotting away in hell, was sitting pretty on cloud nine, looking incredibly well. I nudged Jesus, "What's the deal? I would love to hear Your take. How'd all these sinners get up here? You must've made a mistake! And why is everyone so quiet, so somber - give me a clue." "Hush, child," He said, "They’re all in shock. No one thought they'd be seeing... you." JUDGE NOT!! Remember...Just going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car. Every saint has a PAST & every sinner has a FUTURE! Now it's your turn... Share this poem. Life without God is like an usharpened pencil-it has no point! Thank you
  • by anonymous Location: nc on Sep 25, 2011 at 02:40 PM
    what happened to the Mother who picked them up at Arrington Mart and took them back to Dudley at 4 am?
  • by anonymous Location: nc on Sep 21, 2011 at 04:24 AM
    funny nothing has been in the media about clothers truck being shot up 2 nights before, what are the sheriff department covering up
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      by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2011 at 07:00 AM in reply to anonymous
      Did Clother report his truck being shot up? What was he covering up? I guess it would be hard to file a report to law enforcement when you are wanted in another state. I bet Clother had this "I'll settle this myself mentality."
  • by anonymous Location: ms on Sep 20, 2011 at 07:56 PM
    this is scary , only one of four have accounted for this, there are still 3 of them on the streets, there were 4 in the truck when it was shooting at that house, what if one has a history the others get off scott free
  • by MAW Location: MI on Sep 20, 2011 at 06:14 PM
    I just got to say that Im sorry to the officer an family. You also have to realize you are no one to judge. Im also very sorry to the victims family. Listen to you people go back an forth over something that probly none of you understand other then the ones that were there trying to help him. You need not think of your selves an judge an argue but be thankfull everyday for what you have now. Theres a child, a whole family that was hoping it wouldnt come to this an are in mourning an you should be ashamed of yourselves. Everyone has family that has flaws some that have alot more then others it doesnt mean that we didnt want better for them or that we didnt love them an as far as Im concerned if your gona judge an talkin about someone deserving to die your no better then the person commiting the crime.
  • by LEO Wife Location: GVille on Sep 20, 2011 at 09:19 AM
    Well, at least our officer is not hurt and I am truely sorry for his family. BUT I am glad I don't have to support him in jail.
  • by Dae Location: Eastern NC on Sep 20, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    He committed a crime and then shot himself. He did wrong and now is having to deal with his maker. Sorry for the loved ones though.
  • by We Can Comment On This, on Sep 20, 2011 at 07:47 AM
    ...But not on the Jamie Walker come?
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