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Thursday October 28th

UNC Police respond to hit and run involving student, ends in shots fired

UNC Police responded to a hit and run on campus at the intersection of S. Columbia Street and McCauley Street Friday night, according to a statement from Chief David Perry. 

The person who was struck was a UNC student, who self-reported no injuries, Perry said. The UNC Police dispatcher received the call reporting the hit and run at 9:15 p.m. Friday. 

The suspect was later apprehended by the Alamance County Sheriff's Department and North Carolina Highway Patrol, after an initial pursuit on UNC's campus resulted in shots fired. 

UNC Police searched campus for the vehicle after the report. An officer saw a vehicle matching the vehicle's description on South Road and attempted to pull it over, Perry said. 

The suspect, who is not affiliated with the University, turned onto S. Columbia Street, eventually stopping behind a Chapel Hill Fire Battalion Chief vehicle on N. Columbia Street, which was responding to a report of a gas leak. 

Perry said the officer approached the driver's side window, and the suspect did not roll down the window. After the officer saw the suspect holding a knife, the officer told the suspect to drop the weapon and exit the vehicle. The suspect accelerated and hit the fire vehicle, before backing up and and driving toward the officer, Perry said. 

The officer shot at the vehicle, and the suspect drove north, Perry said.

The suspect had a wound on the lower left leg and was transported to a hospital after a second pursuit ended in the Alamance County Sheriff's Department and North Carolina Highway Patrol apprehending the suspect, Perry said. 

Perry said the State Bureau of Investigation is now investigating this incident. 

"I would like to extend my thanks to all of the officers involved, including our local partners, for assisting with the incident. We are all grateful that no one was seriously injured," Perry said in the statement.

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