Officials ID, search for NC gunman accused of firing on police through Lexus sunroof

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Authorities have identified and are now searching for a man accused of shooting a high-powered rifle at officers during a traffic stop on Nov. 11.

Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey says it all started in Albemarle in Stanly County when police responded to a report of a drive-by shooting.

Authorities told CBS 17 that police pulled up behind the suspect’s black Lexus and one of the two men stood up through the sunroof and fired a high-powered rifle at the police officer’s car.

An AK-47 was later found and the shots from the sunroof shooting disabled the cruiser, but no one was hurt.

“They were being pursued by I believe Bisco police or Troy police and our deputies had put out stop sticks on Highway 24 to stop them,” said Godfrey.

Godfrey says when the two suspects saw the strips and deputies they jumped out of the Lexus and ran into woods beside N.C. 24, approximately three miles west of Carthage.

Albemarle police obtained warrants on Jeremiah Devon McDougald, of Broadway, on Tuesday. He is charged with felony attempted first-degree murder, felony possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of felony discharge a weapon in occupied moving vehicle, felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, felony assault with deadly weapon on government official, and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

Officials have not provided any information on the second suspect.

If you know the whereabouts of Jeremiah Devon McDougald, call 911 or you may contact the Albemarle Police Department at 704-984-9500. You may also leave an anonymous tip at 704-984-9511.

Police warn that you should not approach McDougald if you see him. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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