Man arrested in shooting of off-duty NC officer

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Authorities are investigating after a man allegedly shot a Fayetteville police officer and then tried to ram his car into a group of responding law enforcement officers a short time later. (Photo: Morgan Norwood/WTVD)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been arrested in the shooting of an off-duty police officer in North Carolina.

State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Patty McQuillan tells The Fayetteville Observer that 63-year-old Joseph Edwards was served with an arrest warrant in hospital Wednesday. He’s accused of shooting a Fayetteville officer at the officer’s home Monday and trying to ram responding troopers and deputies.

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Edwards was injured when his truck crashed after officers shot inside.

The SBI hasn’t released the officer’s name, at the request of Fayetteville police. A Fayetteville police spokesman says he’s expected to recover.

Authorities say Edwards was using a pickup to tow a Federal Emergency Management Agency temporary housing trailer at the time. FEMA spokesman Mike Wade says the agency is investigating and working with law enforcement.