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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –- The man who led authorities on a high-speed car chase that ended in an officer-involved shooting Sunday is now in critical condition, according to hospital staff.

According to District Attorney Jon David, investigators say the suspect in the chase has been identified as George Reynolds Evans, 60, of Jacksonville.

The Columbus County chase ended with multiple officers firing shots at Evans Sunday afternoon near East Columbus High School. Investigators say multiple officers from both the State Highway Patrol and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office shot at Evans.

Evans was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for injuries, where hospital staff says he is now in critical condition this morning.

According to the Highway Patrol, the shooting happened around 2:20 p.m. on US 74/76 between Chauncey Road and Old Lake Road. Prior to that, law enforcement attempted to stop Evans’ vehicle during a traffic stop on US 701 just south of Whiteville.

When Evans refused to stop for officers, the pursuit began. The vehicle eventually traveled onto US 74/76 towards Wilmington before coming to a final rest in the median. After that, Evans exited his vehicle and displayed a weapon, which is when officers began firing at him.

Evans now faces several charges in Jacksonville, including attempted murder. The State Bureau of Investigation is the lead investigating agency into this shooting incident.

Portions of US 74/76 were closed for much of the afternoon but later reopened.

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8 Comments on "UPDATE: Suspect now in critical condition following officer-involved shooting"

2015 years 10 months ago

So, the officers should have waited until he aimed and fired? If he intended no harm, he would have left his weapon in the car.

2015 years 10 months ago

He got out of his vehicle with a gun………did he point it at anyone? Did he simply have it in his hand, muzzle down? What is the rest of the story? Also, if this happened in the median, after it was over, why was the road not re-opened to traffic?

2015 years 10 months ago

Before you start with that Jesse Jackson stuff……
I believe they were chasing him, because of an allegation that he just shot a woman with that gun.

2015 years 10 months ago

Every question you asked was completely irrelevant. What would possess you to even begin to question how this was handled? Felon with gun exiting vehicle after leading police on chase. The only question that should remain is whether a second mag would be necessary.

He attempted to elude police. He was wanted for attempted murder. The police likely knew the car was stolen from that victim. If he had pulled over, and followed instructions to the letter, he likely wouldn’t be in the condition he is now. Maybe he’ll pull through, and rot in prison for the rest of his life.

It appears channel 3 has the name wrong, as multiple other sources say “George”, and George has a rap sheet that reflects his recent behavior: http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=0123366&searchLastName=evans&searchFirstName=george&searchMiddleName=r&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&listpage=1

Grant Blanch
2015 years 10 months ago

So I received a snap chat kind of like an instant video my friend sent me and it was of this. You can hear the shots being fired in the video. It’s weird that this happen and my friend got the shooting part on video. You could hear at least 10+ rounds being fired in that video.

2015 years 10 months ago

From the video, that appears to be a whole bunch of police on the scene, to say the least.

I wonder what they were all doing before they all took off to chase one car?

Do we really need to be paying that many police officers, including maintenance and fuel for a helicopter?

2015 years 10 months ago

Just in case this kind of thing arises.

2015 years 10 months ago

I wonder if this thug plans to pay one penny of the $50,000 medical bill ? I wonder if he has Obama Care ?

Instead of beautiful parks, lower taxes, and railway systems, the State of NC chooses to spend tens of billions, per year, on monsters, like this.

And the problem just keeps getting worse.


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