Raleigh officer, suspect wounded in North Raleigh

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A Raleigh police officer and a suspect in a fatal shooting have been wounded in an exchange of gunfire in North Raleigh.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue says officers were called Friday afternoon to an auto parts store, where they found the body of 53-year-old Jay Simmons. He was fatally shot while in his pickup.

Police say they located suspect Matthew Calton about 9:30 p.m. near a shopping center.

Sughrue says the 53-year-old suspect fired a shotgun at two officers, striking one in the arm. Both officers returned fire, and Calton was hit in the torso.

Both were transported to a hospital. Neither the suspect’s nor officer’s injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

Sughrue says Calton will be charged with murder when his medical condition permits. Other charges are pending.

Credit: The Associated Press.