New Hanover County detective shot, suspect on the run

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — A detective with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office was shot while confronting a suspicious vehicle in a Wilmington neighborhood around noon on Thursday, according to WECT.

A spokesperson with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said members of the Gang Task Force saw two suspicious men in a car and followed them as they drove into a residential neighborhood.

According to WECT, when the suspicious men got out of the car, Detective Michael Spencer and another deputy attempted to approach the suspects to talk to them, when the passenger of the vehicle opened fire at the deputies.

Detective Michael Spencer was hit in the upper leg, suffering a non-life threatening injury. He is expected to recover.

One of the deputies hid behind a telephone pole to return fire, but it is not known whether the suspect was hit.

Authorities took the driver of the vehicle into custody, but have since released him.

They are searching for the alleged shooter, who has been described only as a man about 5’8″ wearing all black.

Local schools were lockdown while police investigated the incident.

Read more: WECT

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