THREE police officers were allegedly shot by a gunman barricaded in his home.
Cops heard shots during a routine patrol in High Point, North Carolina, at around 11.15pm on Thursday evening and tried to locate the noise.
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When they arrived at an address, they reportedly saw a man on the front porch.
Lt Matt Truitt told a local Fox affiliate: “He ended up retreating back into the house, and we ended up having a barricaded subject.”
Additional officers arrived at the scene and, as they were trying to get the man to leave the house, he started shooting.
The bullets reportedly hit three officers, who were then taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
However, one officer may need to undergo surgery.
“The people that we work with each and every day have been struck by gunfire,” Truitt said.
“This is something that you never want to receive a call, those as far as another one of your coworkers has been struck by gunfire.”
The shooter was still barricaded as of 6am on Friday, according to the outlet.
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Cops have evacuated people in the area, but believe no one else has been injured or is inside of the home.
“We do have a job to do, and we do have a duty to protect life as well, so that’s the reason that negotiations are being made and the house hasn’t been knocked down or however you wanna say it,” Truitt said.
“We do have to remain calm and stay focused on our agenda and what we need to accomplish and the end result is that nobody is injured and that and we can safely take this person into custody.”