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Officer injured; search is on for one suspect

LOUISBURG -- Authorities continue to look for one final suspect they allege initiated a police chase that resulted in an injury to a K-9 officer.

Meanwhile, Franklinton Police Officer Terry Pearce continued to recover from a deeply sprained ankle.

Louisburg police responded to reports of a fight at Franklin Court Apartments on Second Street just before 8 p.m. on July 21.

When the officer arrived, said Louisburg Police Chief Jason Abbott, several vehicles left the scene at a high rate of speed and witnesses said they were the suspects in the fight.

A deputy spotted one of the vehicles, but the driver refused to stop and a chase ensued, authorities said.

A suspect eventually ran from the vehicle into a wooded area and Pearce and his canine, Quattro, tracked the suspects through a wooded area in the vicinity of West River Road.

During that chase, said Franklinton Police Chief John Green, Pearce stepped in a hole about a mile and a half into the woods.

He suffered a deep sprain during the chase. Firefighters and paramedics had to locate Pearce and transport him from the scene.

Officers were able to locate and arrest three of the suspects, authorities said.

Jeru Z. Debose, 21, of Kenmore Avenue, Louisburg, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Quantez Arrington, 17, of E. River Road, was charged with resisting a public officer.

Elijah Bumpers, 17, of Allen Lane, was charged with resisting a public officer.

Authorities said there was a fourth suspect in the matter.

Debose is slated to appear in Franklin County District Court on Aug. 7.

Arrington and Bumpers are slated to appear in court on Sept. 11.

A fourth suspect, said Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright, remains on the loose.

Green said Pearce would remain on light duty at least through this week.


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