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North Carolina officer shot while investigating a separate shooting incident, suspect on the run

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Brandon Mitchell (Source: Henderson Police Dept./Twitter)

A police officer from Henderson, North Carolina has been injured after he was shot investigating a separate shooting incident.

Henderson Police Sergeant Brandon Mitchell was taken to the hospital just after midnight on Thursday after he was hit by gunfire from a passing car.

Mitchell was one of several officers called to a shooting the night prior, where a person had been found shot and incapacitated. That individual died after being transported to the hospital.

According to ABC 11, Mitchell’s father, Johnny Wayne Mitchell, claims the bullet that struck his son remains lodged in his lung and liver.

Sergeant Mitchell is able to communicate and will be going into surgery later this evening.

A six-year veteran of HPD, Mitchell was recently promoted to Detective/Sergeant. He is 31 years of age.

Mitchell doesn’t remember much of the shooting, noting he recalled being unable to get up.

One local claims that around twenty shots were fired during the incident.

“I saw them load the policeman up on the back of the truck and pull off,” Ronald Ragland said.

It is unknown if the shooter has been identified.

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