EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPolice Officer Speaks Out About Shooting; Thankful He And His K-9 Were Not Hurt
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Reported by: Katelyn Sykes
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Reported: Oct. 15, 2013 2:53 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 15, 2013 11:33 PM EDT
Nitro , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The driver who shot at a Nitro Police Officer remains on the run. Agencies throughout Kanawha and Putnam Counties have been helping Nitro Police run down tips to try and catch the driver, but so far, no arrest.
It was a shooting that came extremely close to hitting Patrolman Timmy Jarrell.
"It was a couple of feet away," Jarrell said. "A close call, closer than I like."
A traffic stop on I-64 around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday turned dangerous, quickly.
Jarrell pulled over a late 80's to early 90's model Ford Mustang for not having a license plate. As Jarrell was exiting his police truck he says the driver of that Mustang started shooting at him.
"I was about to exit my vehicle, there were two shots fired, one of which hit my patrol vehicle and I returned two shots," Jarrell said.
One of the shots came extremely close, going through his driver's side mirror. After firing two shots back at the driver, chasing the driver away, his immediate concern was for his partner of eight years, his K-9, who was in the back section of his police truck.
"The second shot I knew hit my vehicle but I didn't know where the first shot went and I heard him barking, because they're taught to respond to gunfire - he understands, so he becomes aggressive - for whatever reason I didn't hear him barking and that was a big concern for me," Jarrell said.
But fortunately the K-9, named Bullet, was not hit and was OK.
"I spend more time with him than I do any other organism on this planet so I would be pretty upset if something happened to him."
Both patrolman Jarrell and Bullet are back on the job.
If and when the driver of the Mustang is found, he faces two counts of wanton endangerment, one for Jarrell and one for Bullet.
Police are looking for a dark colored Ford Mustang -- late 80's or early 90's model. It did not have a license plate and Jarrell believes the paint was a primer or a flat paint with a dark tinted window in the back.
If you have any information that could help police find the driver, give them a call.
The search continues for the man who opened fire on a Nitro police officer Tuesday during a traffic stop.
Nitro police are following a couple of leads, but they still haven't been able to track down the driver or the car.
Police said a dark colored, early 90s model Ford Mustang didn't have a license plate so they pulled it over about 2 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64, east of the Nitro exit.
"As he was getting out to approach the vehicle, the officer heard a gunshot and then he heard a second gunshot," Nitro Police Chief Brian Oxley said.
Oxley said the driver fired two shots. The second shot put a hole through the cruiser's mirror, shattering the glass. The officer fired back at least twice, and the driver took off and hasn't been seen since.
Police had to shut down I-64 for about an hour as they combed the area for evidence. Police found shell casings and tire marks left behind from the car.
"Even what might look like a small traffic violation you never know what's going on with the driver of the vehicle," Oxley said. "You never know if his intent is to just get a ticket or maybe he committed a bigger crime and maybe he'll do anything at all to get away."
Police haven't identified the officer involved but said he wasn't injured.
Oxley said his officers are trained to always be on guard.
"You have to be safe," he said. "You have to use every bit of officer safety tactics that we're taught about position in the vehicle, wearing your safety equipment and firearms proficiency."
Now investigators are going through evidence to try and figure out who fired shots at one of their men.
"We have to work it like a jigsaw puzzle, and you just have to put it together piece by piece," Oxley said.
Police don't have a description of a suspect, and the cruiser involved didn't have a dash cam.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.
A Nitro police officer was shot at while making a routine traffic stop on Interstate 64 early Tuesday morning. The officer fired two shots back at the person, but no word yet if the driver was hit by any of the bullets. The officer was not injured.
Nitro police along with several other local departments, county and state agencies are searching for a older model black Ford Mustang. Dispatchers told Eyewitness News that officers described the car as black and had no registration visible on the back of the vehicle.
Eyewitness News will update this story as more information becomes available.
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