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Hickory officer shoots man who flees traffic stop

December 19, 2011

North Carolina investigators are looking into why a Hickory police officer critically wounded a man fleeing an attempted traffic stop.

The Hickory Police Department says Master Police Officer Bruce Bumgarner tried to stop a vehicle late Saturday.

Officers say 36-year-old Irecas Valentine of Hickory sped away, wrecked his sports utility vehicle and threatened when he was cornered by Bumgarner. Valentine was shot and taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem in critical condition.

Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal would not say where or how many times Valentine was shot.

Police say Bumgarner chased Valentine's vehicle through a residential neighborhood and a grassy field before the escaping SUV crashed and rolled over.

Police say Valentine ran, then stopped and faced the pursuing officer with his hands in his pockets.

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