Suspect in custody following high-speed chase, officer-involved shooting in Franklin

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The Franklin Police Department has released more information after a high-speed chase and officer-involved shooting incident in Macon County Monday night.

In a press release, officials say 28-year-old Joseph Cyphers of Franklin is charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, three counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, careless and reckless driving and no operators license.

Authorities say the Franklin Police Department responded to a call at the N&N Express Mart shortly after 9 p.m. on Monday night when an employee reported suspicious behavior. A man, later identified as Cyphers, had changed his clothing outside of his truck, and filled up his truck with gas without paying the attendant.

Franklin Police Officer Randy Dula approached Cyphers, who was parked in a Dodge truck at the gas pumps. As Dula opened the passenger door to speak with the suspect, Cyphers drove off at a high rate of speed.

Dula pursued Cyphers with other officers. Cyphers made a left turn onto Highlands Road and continued for several miles, where he turned left onto Sugarfork Road.

Cyphers slowed several times before stopping. As Officer Dula was exiting his patrol car, authorities say Cyphers purposely backed up and rammed Dula’s patrol car.

Dula fired his weapon and the truck sped off. The chase continued for approximately another mile and Cyphers abruptly stopped.

Neither Cyphers nor Officer Dula were injured, but both were taken to the emergency room as a precaution.

Dula was released with minor injuries from the vehicle crash and Cyphers was transported to the Macon County Detention Center.

Franklin Police Department was assisted by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, NC State Highway Patrol and the State Bureau of Investigations.

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