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Off-duty sergeant fatally shot at North Carolina gas station while trying to intervene in crime, police say

An off-duty police sergeant was fatally shot Saturday afternoon at a gas station just outside Greensboro, North Carolina, authorities said.

The shooting happened around 4 p.m. Eastern Time at a Sheetz gas station in the Colfax community, according to Greensboro police.

The sergeant was shot after “witnessing a crime” and attempting to “approach the suspects,” Greensboro Police Chief John Thompson said during a press briefing Saturday evening.

A second off-duty police officer and an off-duty paramedic who were at the scene treated the officer until he was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries, Thompson revealed.

The victim’s name was not immediately released and no further details about the incident were provided. Thompson said the sergeant was a veteran of the department.

“He was a loving husband, father, son and brother,” Thompson told reporters.

In a previous alert, police said they were looking for two suspects in their 20s in connection with the shooting, who were driving a Chevrolet Equinox, but Thompson would not confirm whether any arrests had been made.

Several agencies assisted in the investigation, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, Thompson said.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper wrote in a social media post that he had spoken to Thompson and offered “all available state resources to arrest those who killed a Greensboro police officer.” Our prayers are with the Greensboro Police, his family and loved ones. Every effort must be made to apprehend those responsible and bring justice in this matter. tragic situation.”

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