Two West Virginia police officers were shot and wounded Thursday after they attempted to stop the driver of a suspected stolen vehicle, according to media reports. Two people were reportedly involved in the shooting incident, which took place on a highway outside Lewisburg, about 150 miles from the North Carolina border.
The two police officers reportedly pulled over an SUV with a North Carolina license plate, which was listed as stolen. A red truck also reportedly stopped behind the SUV and a man inside opened fire at the officers. One officer returned fire at the suspect, injuring his leg and later arresting him, The Associated Press (AP) reported. The two suspects will reportedly face charges of malicious assault and attempted murder of a police officer.
"Neither one of their injuries, we’ve found out, are going to be life-threatening," Donna Hinkle, administrative director of the Greenbrier County 911 Center, told The Los Angeles Times, adding that the shooter's injuries were also not life-threatening.
The SUV driver fled the scene but was later taken into custody, local media reports said, adding that the two suspects, who have not been identified, are believed to be father and son.
Authorities reportedly said that, during a search, they found two dead bodies inside the truck. Police did not immediately identify the victims, but local media reports said they were residents of North Carolina.
Two suspects had entered a home near Oak Hill, North Carolina -- about 200 miles south of Lewisburg -- on Thursday morning, set the house on fire and took a couple and their SUV, North Carolina's Granville County Sheriff Brindell B. Wilkins Jr. told Raleigh TV station WRAL, according to AP.
The incident is reportedly being investigated by West Virginia State Police and the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office.