Man arrested after firing officer's gun

From Staff ReportsMarch 1, 2008 

— Police arrested a man they say took an officer's service weapon and fired it while the officer was attempting to arrest him on outstanding warrants.

Zebulon police Chief Tim Hayworth said Sgt. Tivon Howard went into Mr. G's convenience store at 200 S. Wakefield St. in Zebulon after spotting Steve Wilson in the store. Wilson was wanted by Wake County sheriff's officials on five warrants, including a robbery and an assault in which he pistol-whipped another man.

Hayworth said Wilson resisted arrest, scuffling with Howard in the store. A shot from a Taser missed Wilson, Hayworth said, and pepper spray also did not effectively subdue the man. At one point, Wilson wrested away Howard's service weapon, firing one shot that lodged in the store's roof. After Howard dove behind a counter in the store, Wilson fled in his car.

A Wendell officer responding to the incident saw the suspect's vehicle turning off Morphus Bridge Road onto a dirt road and gave chase. Wilson jumped out of his car and ran into a wooded area, Hayworth said, and eluded officials for 20 minutes. He was arrested around 8:15 p.m.

In addition to the outstanding warrants, Wilson is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill a police officer and resisting arrest. More charges are possible, Hayworth said.

Howard was placed on a paid leave of absence.

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