Cumberland Deputy Involved in Shooting
(01/04/06 - FAYETTEVILLE) (WTVD) -- Fayetteville investigators are searching for a man who reportedly tried to run over a Cumberland County sheriff's deputy.
It happened at Cross Creek Mall just before 9 p.m. Tuesday. Officials say the deputy fired his gun at a man suspected of shoplifting from J.C. Penney.
A security officer for the store called an off-duty deputy to help him arrest the suspect, identified as Gregory Foster, 35.
Investigators say Foster jumped into a vehicle and began to drive off. The deputy tried to stop the van by firing his weapon once, hitting a tire. Sheriff's office officials say the deputy fired his gun because he feared a pedestrian would be hit by the vehicle the suspect was driving.
The suspect drove out of the mall area and crashed near a credit union on Skibo Road. He then got out of the van and ran off into the woods. No one was hurt.
"We use it, deadly force, only when the officer's life is in danger or some third party's life could be in danger," said Cumberland County Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler. "Of course, [the deputy] felt in that situation, with the moving van, that their life was in danger. Rather than shoot out into the parking lot, he shot the tires."
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