WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —Winston-Salem police reported earlier this morning that at 2 a.m. Officer Nicholas Wayne Powell, a 5-year police veteran, was shot during a traffic stop in the area of Highway 421 South near Lowery Street.
Powell noted three occupants in the car and upon smelling marijuana he called for backup, Police Chief Barry Rountree said. After having the three occupants exit the vehicle, one of them re-entered it and attempted to drive away.
“Powell was shot multiple times and was dragged about a quarter-mile by the vehicle” according to WXII12.
The shooting suspect, identified as Gary Lynn, 26, of Raleigh, who has a criminal record in Raleigh, was shot once, apparently self-inflicted.
Powell and Lynn were both taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where they are in stable condition, being treated for what authorities described as non-life threatening injuries.
Police expect more detail upon review of Powell’s body-cam video but no further information is available.
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