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Manhunt Delays First Day Of School

Authorities closed part of Interstate 77 in North Carolina and delayed classes on the opening day of the school year as they chased a suspect who shot at officers.

Statesville police said Tuesday they were looking for the suspect in an area near Statesville Middle School and Pressly School, which were forced to postpone opening.

The manhunt began overnight when Wilkes County sheriff's deputies tried to stop a driver who drove away from a check point near U.S. 421. The Highway Patrol pursued the driver south on I-77, closing the highway for more than an hour while troopers tried to blow out the car's tires.

Troopers say the man stopped near Statesville and ran into a wooded area while firing shots at pursing officers.


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