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Police ID shooting suspect

Albemarle police have identified the suspect who fired a high-powered rifle at an officer during an attempted traffic stop.

Jeremiah Devon McDougald

Police say Jeremiah Devon McDougald, 32, of Broadway, is the man who shot at an Albemarle police officer through the sunroof of a stolen Lexus. Arrest warrants have been obtained for McDougald.

McDougald remains on the run after evading arrest following Sunday’s shooting along N.C. Highway 24-27 Bypass near Taco Bell.

A passing motorist was wounded in the gunfire.

Three rounds struck the officer’s cruiser as he attempted to stop the Lexus after it was connected in an earlier shooting in the city of Albemarle.

After the second shooting, McDougald fled the scene traveling east through Montgomery and Moore counties.

Once in Moore County, McDougald reportedly jumped from the Lexus and fled on foot to avoid a roadblock set to catch the suspect.

Moore County authorities recovered an AK-47 and shotgun along with the Lexus. Officers terminated a ground search for McDougald Tuesday.

McDougald faces a number of felonious charges including attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Law enforcement advises the public not to approach McDougald, who is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of McDougald is asked to dial 911. Call Albemarle police at 704-984-9500 or leave an anonymous tip at 704-984-9511.

Police credit the cooperation and support of the community with successfully identifying McDougald as the suspect in the shooting.