BURNSVILLE, N.C. (WSPA/WNCN) – A North Carolina state trooper was shot in Yancey County following a chase Tuesday afternoon.
North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the chase started in Mitchell County and ended around 4:25 p.m. in Yancey County. The shooting occurred as the trooper was preparing to deploy a “tire deflation device” near U.S. 19 and Newdale Church Road.
Sister station WSPA reported that the suspect involved in the chase died after crashing.
Multiple business owners told WSPA there was a large police presence on Newdale Church Road in Burnsville.
The injured trooper was later identified as Kevin E. Glenn. He is a nine-year veteran assigned to Mitchell County. He was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
One witness said they could hear gunshots along the road.
“This serves as a continued reminder of the dangers our Troopers face and the sacrifices they make for the communities they serve” said Colonel Freddy L. Johnson Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Now is the time to pray for Trooper Glenn, his family and our Patrol family during this difficult time.”