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Assault on police officer sparks chase in Winston-Salem, officer injured

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Winston-Salem police officer is recovering after Winston-Salem police officials say he was assaulted with a vehicle while trying to serve a warrant Thursday morning.

Zachary Marshall Lynn

Zachary Marshall Lynn, 31, of Lexington, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing to elude arrest, felony hit-and run-resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor hit-and-run with property damage, driving while license revoked, careless and reckless driving and failure to stop at a duly erected stop sign.

The injured officer, identified as M.D. Griffith, was part of a group trying to serve the warrant on Lynn at South Broad Street and West Acadia Avenue at 10:52 a.m.

Winston-Salem police Capt. Christopher Lowder says the suspect’s vehicle made contact with the officer and there was a brief struggle between the officer and suspect.

“My owner was like, ‘Look! Look what’s happening,’” said Alexis Siebert, an employee of Slappy’s Chicken, which is across the road from the scene. “Then we noticed guns were being pulled out.”

Lowder said after the struggle, the officer was swept under the door of the suspect’s vehicle, before the vehicle left the scene and a chase ensued.

“Saw a car whipping down through here, had another car whipping after it,” said Chris Baxter, an employee at the Washington Park Barber Shop.

Several witnesses described hearing two gunshots as the suspect tried to get away.

“I was just cutting hair, hanging out, middle of a haircut and then heard two gunshots pop off,” Baxter said.

Police confirmed two shots were fired by an officer at Lynn as he attempted to flee, but he was not hit.

Police were able to stop the suspect’s vehicle near a Little Caesars at the intersection of Peters Creek Parkway and Silas Creek Parkway.

“I’m pumped that Winston-Salem has it on lockdown and can catch him real quick,” Baxter said.

Officers took the suspect -- who had minor injuries -- into custody. They add that they are not looking for any other suspects.

The involved officer was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with minor injuries.

Griffith told FOX8’s Michael Hennessey he is very sore, with some scrapes and bruises, but no broken bones.