Thirty-year-old Harold Harloe-Bruce Clother was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious head trauma after his girlfriend told authorities he was threatening suicide.
Authorities arrived at Clother's home on Timothy Street just before they heard a gunshot. They were trying to locate Clother who was believed to be involved with a shooting earlier in the morning.
The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. after deputies received a call about hearing shots fired in the Rollingwood Estates off Old Mount Olive Road.
When deputies stopped the suspects' vehicle, they said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and they put him in their patrol car.
Two women and two men still inside the vehicle then drove away from the scene.
Deputy Travis Cox chased the vehicle, until it abruptly hit the brakes while driving along on Pecan Road. Someone then reached out of the vehicle and shot several times at the deputy's patrol car.
The car's windshield was shot out, but Deputy Cox was able to take cover behind the dashboard and only suffered minor injuries from broken glass.
The suspects fled the scene and their vehicle was found hours later in a wooded area near Casey's Saw Mill Road.
The road was closed, and residents in the area were notified about the situation. Authorities also brought in a SWAT team and the North Carolina Highway Patrol helicopter to help search for the suspects.
Investigators were able to identify Clother as one of the suspects and discovered that he had gotten into another vehicle that was found at his house.
Authorities said Clother's girlfriend, April Crisp, came out of the home as they prepared to enter. When officers entered the house, they found Clother with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
His condition at the hospital was unknown.
Clother has an extensive criminal history from Michigan and is wanted by Michigan authorities for an outstanding warrant for probation violation on a home invasion charge.