A woman was shot Monday night by a Spring Lake, NC, police officer after she drove into him during a traffic stop.
Officer Milton Deleon responded to a report of a careless and reckless driver in the 800 block of Lillington Highway at about 8:40 p.m.
Authorities said Deleon pulled over the vehicle and began speaking to the driver, 24-year-old Melanie Wensel, of Spring Lake. Wensel then fled from the traffic stop, hitting the officer with the vehicle. Captain Charles Kimble said Deleon was struck in his lower extremities but it is not clear if Wensel was aiming for the officer.
Deleon fired his service weapon, striking Wensel as she fled, police said. Wensel’s daughter, who was sitting in the seat behind Wensel, was not injured. She was turned over to her father.
Deleon and Wensel were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment. Deleon was treated and released, and Wensel is in stable condition, WRAL TV reports.
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