Fayetteville police officer shot at while making traffic stop

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Police say an officer pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation and someone in a passing car shot at him. (WTVD)

Police say an officer pulled over a vehicle just after midnight Sunday morning for a traffic violation and someone in another passing car sprayed the police cruiser with bullets.

Investigators said the incident began as a routine traffic stop. The officer pulled a car over along Pamalee Drive near the Bragg Boulevard interchange. The motorist cooperated with the officer and he went back to write up a ticket.

That's when he heard gunshots and multiple bullets hit his car. Neither the officer nor the motorist getting a ticket were hurt.

Police Chief Harold Medlock called the shooting a cowardly act.

"The citizens of our great community will not stand by while someone with ill will against law enforcement seeks to induce harm against the men and women who are sworn to protect this great community", he said in a statement. "The officer's mobile dash mounted video recorder captured the shooting and will assist detectives during the course of the investigation in bringing these individuals to justice for their cowardly act."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 911 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted by visiting http://www.fay-nccrimestoppers.org/send_a_tip.aspx and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type "4Tip" followed by your message).

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