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27-year-old faces possibility of life in prison for shooting at Harnett County law enforcement

LILLINGTON, N.C. (WNCN) - With his head heavily bandaged, Trevor West didn't speak as he appeared in a Harnett County court Monday for the first time for charges that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life.

West is accused of shooting at law enforcement during an incident Friday night. 

Harnett County Sheriff's Deputies and Dunn police responded to a call of a domestic assault at the Dunn home just before 11:30 p.m.

Authorities say officers at the scene confronted West, who was armed with a gun.

Officers ordered West to drop the gun but West did not comply and fired at officers, according to authorities. One deputy sheriff and one Dunn police officer returned gunfire, hitting West.

"The situation that took place put a lot of folks lives in danger and that's a serious matter," said Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats.

Twenty-seven-year-old West now faces four counts of attempted first-degree murder to go along with four counts of assaulting an officer with a firearm after he shot at two Harnett County deputies and two Dunn police officers.

"The number one thing that I hope is that people understand we're not going to let you shoot at the police," said Coats. "We're here to protect you. Why these folks decide they want to take the lives of police Officers is disturbing to me."

Coats said one Harnett County deputy and one Dunn officer were put in a situation no officer wants to be in when they had to return fire with West, grazing him in the head.

"No police officer wants to shoot anybody, but at the same token we have to defend everybody out here to protect ourselves," said Coats.

The officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave while the SBI continues their investigation.

West remains in the Cumberland County jail on a $4 million bond.

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