Winston-Salem officer, suspect shot during traffic stop

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Winston-Salem police officer was shot during a traffic stop on Business 40 early Monday morning.

According to the Winston-Salem Police Department, Officer Nicholas Powell, 27, was shot just before 2 a.m.

Officer A.D. Gardner stopped a white Nissan Sentra for speeding on Business 40 East near Lowery Street, according to authorities. When Gardner smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle he asked the driver and two passengers to get out so he could search the vehicle for drugs.

Before Gardner began searching the vehicle, Gary Giovon Lynn, 26, attempted to drive away and Powell pursued him into the car. Winston-Salem police said a struggle ensued and a handgun, produced by the suspect, was fired several times.

Gary Giovon Lynn

Gary Giovon Lynn

According to the Winston-Salem Police Department, Powell and Lynn sustained gunshot wounds during the struggle. Neither Powell nor the other officers pulled or discharged their weapons during the stop, according to Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry Rountree.

Neither the suspect nor Powell, who has been with the police department since 2011, have life-threatening injuries at this point.

Rountree said Lynn, of Raleigh, has a criminal history that includes robbery and weapons charges.

Lynn has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, felony fleeing to elude arrest and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 21 .

Business 40 East was closed for several hours because of the incident but has since reopened.