North Carolina officer on leave after gun goes off, hits suspect

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TARBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police officer is on administrative leave after his gun went off and wounded a man who drove off from a traffic checkpoint and led the officer on a foot chase.

Tarboro police said in a news release that the man drove off on Sunday after the officer smelled alcohol and marijuana in the car.

The news release says that during the ensuing chase, the man hit another car, then got out and ran. When the officer caught him and tried to take him into custody, his gun went off.

Police filed multiple charges against the driver, and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident.

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