A state trooper shot at a man who pulled a gun on him during an incident along I-40 in Sampson County early Wednesday, the Highway Patrol said.
Around 3:30 a.m., the trooper stopped to check on a Chevrolet SUV parked on the shoulder of Interstate-40 near mile marker 340.
Trooper J. F. Smith began to investigate the SUV and the driver pulled a gun on the trooper.
Smith fired his service weapon three times – only striking the SUV, the Highway Patrol said.
The driver, identified as Richard Scott Lane, 35, of Goldsboro was taken into custody without further incident.
The driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries from broken glass.
The trooper was not injured.
Lane was transported to the Sampson County Law Enforcement Center and charged with assault by pointing a gun, assault on a government official, unsealed wine/liquor in the passenger area and received a $10,000 bond.
Smith has been put on administrative duty pending an internal investigation consistent with standard Highway Patrol protocol.
Smith is a five-year veteran of the Highway Patrol.
The State Bureau of Investigation was contacted regarding the incident but will not complete a separate investigation.