Authorities identify suspect in state trooper's shooting

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Authorities are searching for a man accused of shooting a North Carolina state trooper Monday evening, according to Wanda Samuel, Wilson County Sheriff's Office chief of staff.

John David Jones, 36, is wanted on charges including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault on a law enforcement officer, Samuel said. Jones is considered armed and dangerous. 

Jones was last seen wearing blue jeans, brown work boots and a green and dark blue coat. Jones is about 6 feet tall and about 175 pounds. Anyone with information should contact the Wilson County Sheriff's Office at 252-237-2118.

Samuel said the trooper was shot in the face area and was in surgery at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

The call came in around 5:30 p.m. Samuel said the shooting occurred on Sharon Acres Road in Elm City. Samuel said Jones, the suspect, ditched his vehicle which was described as a dark 1990s model Jeep Cherokee.

"We are praying that he comes through and is going to be OK," Samuel said. 

In August, Wilson County sheriff's deputies charged Jones in a rash of county thefts. The investigation led detectives to a home at 10427 Camp Charles Road outside of Bailey, officials previously said. Authorities executed a search warrant at the Camp Charles Road home. That's when investigators recovered more than $20,000 worth of stole tools, a 2014 Homesteader 6-foot by 12-foot trailer and a Massey-Ferguson tractor. Deputies found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during the search.

At that time, Wilson County deputies arrested Jones at a traffic stop at U.S. 301 near U.S. 42 West. Jones was charged with felony larceny, causing damage to property, possession of a firearm by a felon and larceny of a motor vehicle.

He also faces several felony drug charges out of Nash County, according to N.C. court records.