Teenager accused of shooting North Carolina deputy in face, chest arrested


CAMERON, N.C. — A teenager accused of shooting and injuring a North Carolina deputy has been arrested.

Mario Alexander Garcia III, 16, is accused of shooting Harnett County deputy James Eric Cook in the chest and face on Saturday in Cameron.

The shooting happened on a path in a wooded area as the deputy was following up on a missing person’s report and a scuffle broke out. Garcia had been reported missing on Friday.

Garcia faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer.

Cook was rushed to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and remains in stable condition. Officials told WTVD that the bulletproof vest saved his life. He has been with the sheriff’s office for eight years.

The suspect was jailed under a $1.5 million bond and has court planned for Monday.