Suspect shot after chase ended in Polk Tuesday

Published 2:47 pm Wednesday, October 28, 2015

By Leah

A police pursuit from Asheville late Tuesday night ended at exit 61 of I-26 in Polk County when a suspect was shot.

The chase began on Brevard Road in Asheville when a deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description of a suspect vehicle wanted by the Asheville Police Department for a shooting. The suspect was wanted in the fatal shooting of 31-year old Uhon Trumanna Johnson earlier that night at Pisgah View Apartments in Asheville.

Police reported Wednesday that the suspect is Pierre Lamont Griffin II, who took Johnson’s car and did not stop for deputies when spotted. Buncombe County Sheriff’s deputies became involved in the chase, as well as the North Carolina Highway Patrol and Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.

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The chase ended in Polk County where Griffin tried to get away on foot, according to reports. On two occasions during the pursuit, Griffin slowed and pointed a gun at other drivers along I-26 attempting to force them off the road, according to state troopers.

When the chase ended and Griffin tried to get away on foot, officers said he did not follow verbal commands and was shot.

Griffin was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and as of Wednesday remained under guard in the Intensive Care Unit.

Polk County EMS responded to the scene. Multiple charges on Griffin are pending by several agencies.