Trooper Involved In Shooting
Updated: Tuesday, March 12 2013, 08:10 AM EDT
An investigation is underway into a shooting in Cherokee County involving a North Carolina state trooper.
Just before eight o'clock Monday morning, the Highway Patrol says trooper H.S Robertson stopped to investigate a man who had pulled off of Highway 64 just west of Murphy and started a campfire.
Witnesses say he was making obscene gestures at vehicles passing by including a school bus, whose driver called in a report.
When the trooper tried to talk to the suspect, investigators say the suspect charged him in an aggressive manor, and that's when trooper Robertson fired his weapon.
Local law enforcement says two bullets were fired…one striking the suspect in the lower left abdomen…the other hitting the suspect’s left arm.
Trooper Robertson received only minor injuries. The suspect was taken to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The suspect's name and condition have not been released, although his injuries are not considered life-threatening.
Trooper Robertson is on administrative duty while the State Bureau of Investigation looks into the incident.