Passenger shoots at police during stop

September 2, 2009 7:36:52 PM PDT
Durham police are searching for the driver of a vehicle and a passenger who were involved in a traffic stop that ended in gunfire Tuesday night.The incident happened at the intersection of Dearborn Drive and Ader Street around 10:40 p.m. Officers attempted to stop a Nissan Altima for a traffic violation.

Police say the car stopped long enough for a passenger to get out of the vehicle and fire several shots at officers who returned fire. The passenger, 26-year-old Elliott Josiah Pierce, was shot in the abdomen and the leg. He was taken to Duke University but his condition is unknown.

Officers D.W. Waddell Jr. and N. McGaughe were not injured.

Police say the car kept going, and they found it abandoned a short distance away.

They're now looking for the driver and another person who was in the car. Police have not been able to identify the suspects.

Pierce is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He also faces a possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charge for an incident that happened on August 11.

The officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.

McGaughey joined the department in January 2006 and Waddell has been an officer since January 2007.

The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Durham Police Department's Professional Standards Division in the investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Investigator Sole at 560-4440, ext. 29350 or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200.

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