WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer in North Carolina is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds after a traffic stop led to a struggle with a motorist.
Police Chief Barry Rountree said 27-year-old Officer Nicholas Wayne Powell was shot around 2 a.m. Monday after he and another officer tried to investigate the smell of marijuana from a car stopped for speeding.
Rountree said three men exited the vehicle, but 26-year-old Gary Lynn got back in and dragged Powell about a quarter-mile as they struggled inside the car.
Police say Lynn shot the officer and a bullet to the chest was stopped by Powell's protective vest. His wounds are not believed to be life-threatening.
Lynn was charged with attempted first-degree murder, fleeing and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.