- Associated Press - Saturday, July 21, 2018

LENOIR, N.C. (AP) - A second suspect is facing charges after a North Carolina deputy was shot during a traffic stop and the gunman later killed in a shootout with law officers.

News outlets report the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office charged 47-year-old James Edgar Roberts. Investigators believe Roberts drove around gunman Kerry Townsend and Stephanie Sipes while they were being sought in the deputy’s shooting.

Roberts had no listed phone number and could not be reached Saturday.

Authorities say Townsend shot Deputy Jordan Sherrill during the traffic stop last Sunday. Townsend and Sipes fled the scene. They were tracked down to a Lenoir house on Tuesday, where investigators say Townsend fired a pistol at deputies. The deputies returned fire and killed him.

The 40-year-old Sipes is charged with being an accessory after the fact.

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