Highway Patrol: Trooper shot at SUV on I-40 after driver pulled gun

May 22, 2019

A State Highway Patrol trooper fired at an SUV on the shoulder of Interstate 40 early Wednesday after the driver pointed a gun at the trooper, authorities said.

Trooper J. F. Smith stopped to check on the SUV near mile marker 340 in Sampson County shortly before 3:30 a.m., authorities said. When the driver pulled out a gun, Smith fired three shots, hitting the SUV.

The driver, identified as Richard Scott Lane, suffered minor injuries from flying glass, authorities said.

Lane, 35, of Goldsboro, was taken into custody and charged with assault by pointing a gun, assault on a government official and having unsealed wine or liquor in the passenger area of a vehicle. He was being held in the Sampson County jail under a $10,000 bond.

Smith, a five-year veteran of the Highway Patrol, was placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation of the incident.

The State Bureau of Investigation was contacted after the shooting but will not complete a separate investigation, authorities said.

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