Man shot by trooper out of hospital, facing multiple charges in Pitt County

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A man who was shot by a state trooper on Saturday is out of the hospital and facing more than a dozen charges.

Kenneth Kinard was booked into the Pitt County jail on Sunday.

The man, who has addresses in both Greenville and Virginia Beach, was shot multiple times in the leg after a high-speed chase Saturday morning. The Highway Patrol says the chase began on I-587 near the Greene-Wilson county line after they say a vehicle doing 90 miles per hour didn’t pull over.

The 35-year-old Kinard ditched his vehicle at U.S. 258 and Bynum Drive in Farmville. The Highway Patrol says the trooper chased him into a residential area and into a field where he turned and pointed a handgun at the trooper. The trooper then shot Kinard.

He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon on an officer, assault on a government official, malicious conduct by prisoner, flee/elude arrest, felony possession of Schedule I controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon, speeding, failure to heed light or siren, driving while license revoked, driving while impaired, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting public officer, reckless driving, and being a fugitive.

Troopers say Kinard had multiple warrants in Virginia for contempt of court for probation violation, possession of Schedule I & II drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and 3 counts of felony grand larceny. His bond was set at $300,000 on the local charges, while no bond for the Virginia charges.

The trooper wasn’t injured and was placed on administrative duty as the SBI investigates the shooting.