Wednesday, June 27, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
The Virginia State Police are investigating an incident in which officers fired shots at a car theft suspect Monday in Rocky Mount.
A Franklin County deputy and a Rocky Mount police officer attempted to stop a 2011 Jeep Cherokee that had been reported stolen when it drove off from a local gas station without paying, according to Sgt. Rob Carpentieri.
The driver of the Jeep refused to stop for the officers, Carpentieri said. During the pursuit, the officers fired shots at the vehicle.
The Jeep was reported stolen from a car dealership in Roanoke City, Carpentieri said.
Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen requested that the VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation conduct the investigation, Carpentieri said.
No additional information will be released at this time because the investigation is ongoing, Carpentieri said.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office will not comment on a state police investigation, according to Capt. Harry Clingenpeel.
However, other news agencies reported that the deputy was injured, which Clingenpeel said is not true.