Bullet hits patrol car as Elkin officer pumps gas

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ELKIN, N.C. -- An investigation is underway after a bullet hit a patrol car as an officer was pumping gas in Elkin Saturday afternoon.

While filling up the patrol vehicle at about 3:40 p.m. at the Speedway store, located at 1200 N. Bridge St., the officer heard a loud pop.

"He activated the pump, started pumping gas and he heard a loud pop. When he did it sounded like something struck the vehicle and he looked down and saw a hole," Elkin Police Chief Monroe Wagoner said.

The officer was not injured in the incident.

Wagoner said he's never known of a shooting like this towards an officer ever happening in town.

Investigators are currently reviewing the surveillance video from the Speedway gas station as well as the bullet to determine what type of weapon was used.

The name of the officer has not been released, but Wagoner said he has been on the police force for about a year.

Wagoner asks that anyone with information about this incident contact the Elkin Police Department at (336) 794-6475 as soon as possible.

Though the intent of the shooting has yet to be determined, Wagoner said the charges "at the very minimum would be assault on a police officer because of the close proximity."