• Police: Gastonia officer fires shot after driver hits cruiser


    GASTONIA, N.C. - Police arrested Larry Kitchin after he struck a police officer's cruiser Wednesday and then jumped out of the vehicle and ran.

    The incident occurred on South York Road in Gastonia.

    Police said they identified a stolen car and when they tried to block it in, Kitchin backed up and hit the cruiser.

    Investigators said there was a brief chase where the driver hit a tree and then ran off.

    Officials said the officer fired a shot during the incident.

    Officers swarmed the area near Hunter Huss High School and are searching for the Kitchen.

    Police said the officer has a minor laceration.

    Kitchin is in jail under a $155,000 bond.

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