On March 23, 2014 at approximately 3:45 am, a Cherokee County deputy witnessed reckless and erratic driving and stopped the vehicle for suspicion of driving while impaired near the intersection of Hiwassee Street and Martins Creek Road in Murphy. As the vehicle initially stopped, four male occupants fled from the pickup truck at which time the Cherokee County deputy began a foot chase.
While the Cherokee County deputy was pursuing the suspects, the driver sped away from the scene. A Murphy Police officer who had responded to assist the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle that had fled the scene and a pursuit ensued.
The suspect of the vehicle led the Murphy Police officer and the other responding deputy on a pursuit for approximately three miles before the suspect lost control of the vehicle resulting in an accident.
When both officers attempted to block the suspect’s vehicle from fleeing the scene of the accident, the suspect rammed the Cherokee County deputy’s vehicle. The suspect then backed up and accelerated toward the officers who were located outside their vehicle.
Both officers fired on the vehicle which then wrecked again. Both officers attempted to approach the vehicle which then speed off once again and was pursued by the Murphy officer for approximately another mile.
After this pursuit, the vehicle stopped and it was discovered that the driver had a gunshot wound to the leg. Pursuing officers rendered emergency first aid until medics arrived and the suspect was then flown to Mission Hospital.
All five of the suspects are juvenile.
WKRK will share any updates as they are released to the public. The investigation continues.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s office and Murphy Police Department are being assisted with this investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Law Enforcement, North Carolina Highway Patrol, and the District Attorney’s Office.
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