WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Deputies are still searching for a suspect accused of carjacking someone in Yadkin County and shooting at deputies in Winston-Salem, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff’s office said it all started with a home break-in in Yadkin County Wednesday. While deputies were responding, they got a call about a carjacking at gunpoint involving the same suspect. Around 3:30 p.m., Forsyth County deputies say they spotted the car involved and a chase began.
Investigators say the suspect got out of the car near the intersection of Ebert and West Clemmonsville roads in Winston-Salem, firing a gun.
Several law enforcement agencies including Winston-Salem police, Salisbury police, Yadkin and Forsyth County sheriff’s offices and Highway Patrol set up a perimeter and told people in the area to stay inside.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office continued their search efforts on Thursday. They did not set up a control center as they did on Wednesday and they had a decreased law enforcement presence.
Investigators used what appeared to be metal detectors and combed through the grass and woods nearby.
Bradley Steele was driving home Wednesday afternoon when he stopped at a red light at West Clemmonsville and Ebert roads.
“He was right on my tail. I hadn't been here at the red light for more than 60 seconds before he blew by me,” Steele said.
A white car flew past him, then patrol cruisers.
“He must have been riding on his axle or something, sparks were just flying. And he pulled into this parking lot and I just saw him jump out and boogie down the road here,” Steele said.
He said that he pulled over too.
“I was one of those nosy people, I couldn't help it. So, I pulled over here into the Circle K, because I wanted to see what was going on with this movie deal over here,” he said.
Bill Moreland lives right across the street from where investigators are searching the woods. He is still shocked by what he saw.
“Yeah I was, especially because it was right in front of our house, that was really surprising,” Moreland said.
He says his family made sure everything was locked up tight Wednesday night. Right now, he says he is not too concerned.
"I would say they had 50 to 100 police officers out there, and they didn't get him yesterday, I don't think they're going to apprehend him in this area today,” Moreland said.
Steele said his family is also staying on alert until everything gets back to normal.
“When that belly gets to rumbling he’ll come out I guess,” he said.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said they are following up on leads in the area. They said they have gotten some tips and sightings reported in the area, and that’s why they are continuing to focus their search on the area.
Investigators also say the suspect could have changed his clothes by now. They are asking people to be vigilant and if they see someone suspicious to call law enforcement.
Deputies have not identified the suspect.