Wake County officer shooting leads to police chase, woman arrested

ZEBULON, N.C. (WITN) – A police officer was shot leading to a chase Monday night in Wake County.

Zebulon Police say around 9:30 p.m. Monday, Officer Colby James responded to a suspicious car at Zebulon Community Park. The suspect, 51-year-old Deserie Byrum, had an outstanding warrant from Randolph County.

When James tried to arrest Byrum, she drove off, dragging him behind her. The officer fired his gun, and sustained a non threatening gun shot wound to the arm.

James fell from the car, was taken to a hospital and released early Tuesday morning.

Byrum’s car was seen in Johnston County. After a chase with law enforcement, she was taken into custody and turned over to the Zebulon Police Department.

Zebulon Police charged Byrum with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, damage to property, and careless and reckless driving.

This case is being investigated by the Zebulon Police Department, with consultation from the SBI and District Attorney’s Office.

According to the Zebulon Police Department, Officer Colby James worked with the department for just over a year. He previously served the State Capitol Police for four years and the United States Marine Corps for five years.