Police are searching for a 22-year-old man who they say struck an N.C. Central University officer with his white Dodge Charger on Wednesday and then drove off.
The injured NCCU officer fired at least one shot at the fleeing car, NCCU police said.
Police have charged James Henry Nelson IV of Durham with assault with a deadly weapon, the NCCU Police Department announced Thursday afternoon.
Campus officials said two NCCU officers were on their way to a residence hall for a safety discussion at about 7:30 p.m. when they approached an illegally parked car near Lawson Street and South Alston Avenue.
The officers asked the driver for identification. The driver became uncooperative and struck one of officers with his car as he drove away.
The officer, whose name was not made public by NCCU officials, fired a service weapon. Paramedics transported the injured officer to the hospital, where he was treated and released, police said.
A Durham police car coming to assist NCCU police with its lights and sirens going was hit by a Ford F150 pickup truck at South Alston Avenue and Lawson Street, according to Durham police. The impact caused the patrol car to hit a third vehicle which was stopped at the light. An officer who was a passenger in the patrol car was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released.
Investigators are urging anyone with information about Nelson’s whereabouts to call the NCCU Police Department at 919-530-6106 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.