Rocky Mount Police Officer Shot

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Rocky Mount — Police are searching for a suspect in the shooting of an officer during a traffic stop in Rocky Mount early Sunday morning.

Alexander Damion Whitaker, 20, is charged with the attempted murder of Senior Police Officer Darrell Martin, who has served 13 years with the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Martin stopped a car with Whitaker and four other occupants as it was traveling east on Sunset Avenue at the U.S. Highway 301 overpass at 3:16 a.m.

Martin recognized one occupant as a man wanted by the RMPD on an outstanding warrant for a traffic violation, officers said.

He ordered the men to exit the car one at a time, according to the police report. While exiting the car, Whitaker allegedly fired a gun at Martin at least twice, officers said.

Whitaker fled the scene, along with two other suspects, authorities said.

Martin arrested two occupants of the vehicle, Eric Devon Harrison and Tyron Foreman, both of Rocky Mount, officers said.

Martin suffered gunshot wounds on his left side and in his right arm, Capt. Martin McCoy said. He was in stable condition at an area hospital, McCoy said.

Whitaker remains on the loose, police said. Police described him as a 20-year-old black male, standing 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds.

The State Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist, and investigators secured the scene of the shooting, police said.

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