North Carolina

Officer shot in drive-by as he investigated an earlier shooting in NC, police say

A police officer investigating a shooting was shot during a drive-by at the scene in Henderson, North Carolina, officials say.

Police first went to the scene for a shots-fired call and found a person with a gunshot wound at about 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Henderson Police Department.

Police about a mile from the site of the shooting were still investigating around midnight when a car drove by and someone started shooting, the department said in a press release.

A witness told ABC11 he heard about 20 shots.

“I saw them load the policeman up on the back of the truck and pull off,” Ronald Ragland told ABC11, The News and Observer’s news partner.

The State Bureau of Investigations is investigating the shooting of the police officer, according to an SBI press release.

The Henderson Police Department and the Vance County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the original shooting, according to Henderson police.

Henderson is about 50 miles north of Raleigh near the Virginia border.

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Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.