They're looking for 24-year-old Ryan Marchon Bingham - who is considered armed and dangerous. He was already wanted on warrants for more than 10 separate charges, including drug trafficking and assault.
Police said Bingham was a passenger in a car suspected of involvement in illegal drug sales that a detective attempted to stop early Saturday.
Police followed the 1993 white Lincoln Towncar to National Drive off Snow Hill Road, which is where the chase ended around 12:40 a.m.
Officials say the suspect struck the detective's vehicle, and then rammed an additional police car.
After the crash, shots were fired, and the driver of the car - 25-year-old Kevin Dejon Grissett - was hurt and taken to the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He later died.
Grissett's mother spoke with ABC11 Monday. Michelle McRae said nobody from law enforcement contacted her. She learned of her son's death through word of mouth and by waiting at the hospital for confirmation.
She also questioned why her son appeared to have been shot so many times.
"The doctor told me all my son's vital organs were severely damaged. He had no liver. He had no kidney. His bladder was gone. Intestines was messed up, even his abdomen. The only thing they did not hit was his heart," she said.
Police say an officer was also injured in the incident, but has since been treated and released from the hospital.
The SBI is investigating and both police officers involved are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation - which is standard procedure.
Anyone who spots Bingham, or knows of his whereabouts, should call 911 right away.