Deputies shoot man who led them on chase after fleeing traffic stop in Lenoir

LENOIR, N.C. — A man is behind bars after authorities said he was shot by deputies after refusing to pull over and leading them on a chase in Lenoir early Wednesday.

According to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, deputies tried to pull over a Ford pickup truck shortly before 2 a.m. for suspicious activity at the intersection of Deerbrook Road and Rocky Road.

During the stop, 27-year-old Jordon Tomas Cornell sped away from the scene, so deputies chased the truck until it made a second stop.

As officers were approaching the vehicle, Cornell revealed a handgun, leading deputies to fire their weapons, according to officials.

Cornell was shot twice and taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Once out of the hospital, Cornell was served with two outstanding orders for arrest for probation violation related to an assault with a deadly weapon case from December 2019. He was also served with an arrest warrant for assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.

A handgun was found at the scene by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the incident. Bodycam footage has also been turned over to the agency.

Cornell is being held under bond and his first court appearance is set for Wednesday.