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Police: Suspect fired gun at officers in North Carolina city

December 31, 2021 GMT

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man was jailed Friday for attempted murder and other charges after firing at police officers as they tried to apprehend him on a city street, authorities said.

Gastonia police ultimately arrested Charles Thomas Cole after officers with a search warrant for a home found him inside, according to a police news release.

The incident began Wednesday when a suspect, identified by police as Cole, entered a restaurant. Police said he threatened workers with a handgun and stole money from the business and a customer. Officers later saw a truck linked to the suspect and set up equipment to try to stop him.

The truck was stopped, and the suspect fired at officers, with rounds striking a marked police car, police said. The officers returned fire, and the suspect fled.

The suspect’s vehicle was located Thursday in front of a house, leading to the search warrant, police said. Officers also identified Cole, 33, of Gastonia, as the suspect in a Dec. 17 armed robbery.

Cole faces more than a dozen charges, including three counts of attempted first-degree murder of government officials, police said. He was in the Gaston County jail under a $5 million bond. Inmate data online didn’t say whether Cole has an attorney.