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UPDATE: Traffic Stop Leads to Exchange of Gunfire, Pursuit

By: Jennifer Rizzi, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 10/15/13 @ 7:30 p.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) --The search for a suspect who fired shots at a police officer on Interstate 64 Tuesday morning continues.

Police say the officer pulled over a dark-colored Ford Mustang about 2:30 a.m. because it had improper registration.

But before he could even step outside his cruiser, police say the suspect fired two shots at him -- one of them hitting the cruiser's side mirror.

The officer then fired two shots back as a response before the suspect sped away. No one was injured.

Nitro Police say they've been receiving tips about the suspect's whereabouts all day and are in the process of following up on them.

But they say they need more help from the public.

"Everything happened so quickly," Police Chief Brian Oxley said. "The officer made the stop and [called] it in like he was supposed to. He didn't even have time to get out of his vehicle."

Oxley says his officers are trained to expect the unexpected. Equipment like lights and bulletproof vests are an investment to prevent tragedy.

"When we're being careful, sometimes it comes across that we're being rude," Oxley said. "But we don't know who's in the car. We're here to do a job."

If you have any information about the shooting, you're asked to call Nitro Police.



UPDATE 10/15/13 @ 9:14 a.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Nitro Police Department is searching for a driver that led them on a high speed chase after shooting at an officer.

Nitro Police Chief Brian Oxley tells WSAZ the officer was conducting a routine traffic stop around 2 a.m. Tuesday on I-64.

He says the officer stopped the car because the driver did not have proper registration plates.

The driver fired two shots at the officer while he got out of his cruiser. The officer then fired two shots in response.

One of the bullets hit the driver's side mirror, but the officer was not injured.

After losing the driver to a high speed chase, the Nitro Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the area began the search.

Both eastbound lanes of I-64 were closed for about an hour while investigators reconstructed the crime scene.

They are searching for a dark-colored early 1990s model Ford Mustang.

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UPDATE 10/15/13 @ 6:13 a.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 have reopened in Nitro at the scene of an early morning shooting.

The road was closed while police reconstructed the scene of the shooting, which investigators say involved a Nitro police officer and a person in a car he had just pulled over.

The officer's cruiser was hit by a gunshot, but the officer was not hurt. Investigators have not made any arrests or named any suspects. Police say the car involved in the shooting is a dark-colored 1990s model Ford Mustang.

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UPDATE 10/15/13 @ 4:32 a.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 are shut down at the Nitro exit at this hour while police reconstruct the scene of an exchange of gunfire between a Nitro police officer and a person in a car he had just pulled over.

Metro 911 says a Nitro police officer stopped a car on Interstate 64 about 2 Tuesday morning. Dispatchers say the person in the car shot at the police officer, hitting the cruiser. The officer returned fire but the suspect got away.

The officer was not injured.

Dispatchers say all law enforcement agencies in Kanawha County and surrounding counties have been notified.

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ORIGINAL STORY 10/15/13 @ 2:46 a.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A traffic stop led to an exchange of gunfire that hit a police cruiser early Tuesday morning and has police searching for a suspect.

Metro 911 says a Nitro police officer stopped a car on Interstate 64 about 2 Tuesday morning. Dispatchers say the person in the car shot at the police officer, hitting the cruiser. The officer returned fire but the suspect got away.

The officer was not injured.

Dispatchers say all law enforcement agencies in Kanawha County and surrounding counties have been notified.

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