A Lumberton police officer living in Scotland County, is expected to recover from a shooting early this morning, his family said.
Police Officer Marcus Norton was shot at about 5 a.m. on Seneca Street in Lumberton.
The Robesonian newspaper is reporting that the person believed to have shot Norton has shot himself.
The shooter had been hiding for nearly four hours after an exchange of gunfire with Norton, authorities said. Police officers had about 10 city blocks surrounded since 8:30 this morning.
Officers who had surrounded a trash bin near Seneca Street heard a gunshot from inside the container, sources say. Lawmen focused on the trash bin after an officer thought he saw the lid move. The shooter’s identity remains unknown.
Norton’s wife, Heather, said he is resting at home and is expected to recover. Norton was shot in the leg.
“I was frightened at first until I learned the extent of his injuries,” said Heather Norton, a registered nurse at Scotland Memorial Hospital. “He is doing alright and we expect him to recover.”
The Nortons live in Laurinburg.
It is the second time a Lumberton police officer has been shot during the past month.
On July 17, Master Police Officer Jeremiah Goodson was shot and killed at a service station off Fayetteville Road while trying to arrest a person who was wanted on several charges. Goodson, who was struck four times, had been off-duty when he saw the person and tried to make the arrest.
Marques Ramon Brown, 27, was arrested immediately and charged with first-degree murder. District Attorney Johnson Britt has said he would seek the death penalty in that case.
Goodson is survived by his wife Lametria, their two children, a newborn and a 2-year-old, and a 16-year-old adopted son. There are multiple efforts to raise money to help the Goodson family.