North Carolina officer wounded in traffic stop shooting

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Posted: Jan 04, 2016 5:46 PM

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.