Gastonia officer fires at man in pursuit

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comDecember 5, 2013 

Gastonia police say Larry Dean Kitchin, 37, drove his truck toward officers Wednesday afternoon at a traffic stop. The truck was stolen, police say. (Gaston County Jail photo.)

GASTON COUNTY JAIL

Gastonia police say one of their officers fired at a man Wednesday afternoon after the man allegedly drove a truck toward police during a traffic stop.

It happened about 4 p.m. in the 1600 block of South York Road south of Carolina Avenue.

Police say their officers had stopped a man on suspicion of driving a stolen truck. According to police, the man charged at two officers with the truck, striking a patrol car before fleeing.

Gastonia police pursued the man, who eventually wrecked the truck and ran, investigators said. One officer fired a shot during the incident, police say, but the shot did not hit the suspect and nobody was injured.

One officer suffered minor injuries when his patrol car was struck.

Police say they are investigating the shooting, as is typical when an officer fires a gun.

Larry Dean Kitchin, 37, of Gastonia was arrested in the case. He was charged by Gastonia police with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer. Kitchin also was charged by Gaston County police with larceny of a vehicle, kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

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