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Kernersville police officer exchanges gunfire with suspect

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — A Kernersville police officer exchanged gunfire with a suspect early Saturday morning, according to a news release.

The officer attempted to stop a driver for a traffic violation in the 700 block of West Mountain Street.

The suspect immediately got out of his vehicle and fired multiple shots from a handgun at the officer.

The officer returned fire, and the suspect fled the scene.

A vehicle chase went into the city of Winston-Salem where the suspect lost control of his vehicle and crashed in the 4200 block of Old Greensboro Road.

The suspect fled on foot and after a brief chase, the suspect surrendered to officers.

Winston-Salem Police assisted Kernersville Police at the scene of the crash.

The suspect is identified as Broderick Tywone Ruth, 32, of Rural Hall. He is charged with:

  • Assault by firing a weapon into an occupied vehicle
  • Assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Possession of a stolen firearm
  • Driving while impaired
  • Driving with a revoked license
  • Several other motor vehicle violations

Ruth was booked into jail under a $250,000 secured bond.