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Police are searching for SUV after a Wendell officer was dragged and another was shot at

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Wendell police are searching for a gray Jeep Liberty after the fleeing vehicle dragged an officer during a traffic stop and someone inside the SUV fired gunshots at a second officer.

Wendell police issued an alert to other law enforcement agencies Friday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

It was about 12 p.m. Friday when a patrol officer saw two men “acting suspicious” in the 1100 block of Holly Pointe Drive, according to a news release from Wendell police.

The officer reported finding “illegal narcotics” in the SUV, and the officer was continuing his investigation when the driver of the Jeep Liberty drove off, “dragging the officer a short distance,” according to the news release.

A second officer, who was already en route to the traffic stop, saw the Jeep Liberty speeding away from the scene and began to pursue the vehicle.

Someone fired shots at the officer, who did not return gunfire, the news release said.

One of the officers involved in the chase could be heard telling a radio dispatcher, “They’re shooting at me! I’m dropping back.”

The officers continued to pursue the Jeep until losing sight of the vehicle, police reported.

The chase route included Mudham, Earpsboro and Old Wilson roads before North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers got involved as the fleeing vehicle crossed into Nash County on N.C. 39.

The press release did not say where the gunshots were fired, but officers arrived at Mudham Road to look for shell casings, according to police dispatch reports.

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