RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — A Zebulon man accused of shooting at a Wendell police officer during a high-speed chase will serve 10 years in prison, federal prosecutors said.
The US Department of Justice said Cedrick Tyler Armstrong, 37, was sentenced Tuesday to 120 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was released in November after a two-day trial before District Judge James C. Dever III. found guilty.
According to court documents produced by prosecutors, Armstrong was the passenger in a car that was stopped by Wendell police, and an officer attempted to remove him and the driver from the vehicle after it was discovered that a bag found in the glove compartment was cocaine.
The officer handcuffed the driver’s left arm before escaping and fled in the vehicle, dragging the officer about 25 feet with him.
The driver led authorities on a multi-county chase, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, and police said about nine shots were fired from the passenger side at an officer chasing them.
The chase was called off shortly thereafter over concerns about the safety of officers and the public.
Armstrong and the driver were arrested later that night at a Raleigh home, where a 9mm pistol and extended magazine were found in a toilet tank. Forensic testing confirmed that the gun was the one that fired a case recovered from the area where the shots were fired.
Armstrong also faces pending state charges in connection with the incident.
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