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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  • by Ron Location: NC on Aug 26, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    Maybe a police chopper with heat seeking missiles would have solved this problem. Our law enforcement officers can't do this and can't do that these days, while the guilty one's run wild... until they hurt or kill someone...even then we spend millions on their rights. People, we need to wake up in this country and start protecting our non-guilty BEFORE the guilty.
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