Deputy taken to the hospital, suspect dead after shooting in Davidson County

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – A deputy was taken to the hospital and a suspect is dead after a shooting in southern Davidson County.

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Officials said it happened on the roadway near the intersection of Hwy. 8/Badin Lake Road and Hwy. 49 near Montgomery County at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The deputy was taken to the hospital by other deputies and has non-life-threatening injuries. Officials have not released the names of the deputy or the suspect.

The suspect is a man and was shot by the deputy after some type of disturbance, according to Davidson County Chief Deputy Stephen Pace. The suspect tried to take the deputy's gun. At some point, the deputy chased the suspect on foot.

Several agencies were called to the scene including the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The investigation remains active.

“This is something very devastating to the officer, it’s just a tough situation, but it’s what we put up with and deal with every day,” said Davidson County Sheriff Richie Simmons.

FOX8 will release more details as they become available.

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