RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A suspect is in custody Tuesday afternoon after an attempted traffic stop led to a Wake County deputy firing at least one shot near Umstead State Park, officials said.
The suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Yama Ahmadi, was apprehended near several offices on Glen Royal Road, according to CBS 17’s crew on scene.
North Carolina State Parks told CBS 17 that deputies were involved in a chase that ended just outside of Umstead State Park in the area of Ebenezer Church Road and Graylin Drive.
The incident began when a deputy pulled over Ahmadi for driving erratically, according to Wake County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Eric Curry told CBS 17. The deputy got out of his cruiser and the suspect then backed into him.
That knocked the deputy to the ground. Curry said that’s when the deputy, taking the suspect’s action as a threat, fired once at the suspect. The suspect took off and crashed about a mile down the road as he was coming around a bend.
Park rangers helped with the search for the suspect, officials said.
Park officials didn’t call for the park to be evacuated. They did, however, ask anyone inside to leave and get to the safety of their vehicles.
Ahmadi is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and felony flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle. He was transported to the Wake County Detention Center where he has since bonded out.
His first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday morning.