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High-speed car chase ends in officer-involved shooting

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Investigators are on the scene near East Columbus High School after a high-speed car chase ended with an officer involved shooting.

According to the N.C. State Highway Patrol, the incident happened around 2:20 p.m. on US 74/76 between Chauncey Road and Old Lake Road.

According to a press release prior to the shooting, law enforcement officials attempted to initiate traffic stop on a passenger vehicle on US 701 just south of Whiteville.

The suspect refused to stop and a pursuit began. The vehicle eventually traveled onto US 74/76 towards Wilmington before coming to a final rest in the median.

The driver exited his vehicle and displayed a weapon. As a result, officers began firing on the suspect.

The suspect was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and his condition is unknown at this time.

The identity of the suspect has not been released.

The State Bureau of Investigation is the lead-investigating agency into this shooting incident.

Portions of US 74/76 were closed as investigators complete their investigation.

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