Man accused of shooting at Rutherford Co. deputy arrested

Joshua Kyle Warren

SPARTANBURG Co., SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright says deputies have captured a man accused of opening fire on North Carolina officers after fleeing an attempted traffic stop.

Joshua Warren (credit: Sheriff Wright)

Joshua Warren, 29, was taken into custody Tuesday morning.

The sheriff’s office was back out in Clifton on Wednesday looking for evidence.

A stolen truck used in the North Carolina shooting was spotted early Tuesday in Spartanburg County. Deputies say the driver fled before crashing on Goldmine Road.

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Deputies say the stolen truck was originally blue, but had been spray-painted primer gray.

Authorities had been searching for the person driving the truck when they say he refused to stop for officers in North Carolina and fled, shooting at officers during the pursuit near Ellenboro

Rutherford County Deputy Jeffrey Burgess, 25, was hit in the face with debris after a bullet pierced his windshield during the chase.

Burgess was chasing a suspect who fled from a Forest City police officer during a routine traffic stop.

Burgess was treated at a local hospital and later released.

Susan Abernathy

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office says Warren and his girlfriend, 33-year-old Susan Abernathy, are “persons of interest” in the incident.

Investigators say Warren’s girlfriend, 33-year-old Susan Abernathy, has also been arrested. She is in the Spartanburg County jail on charges of grand larceny and fugitive from justice.

She has an outstanding warrant in Rutherford County for possession of stolen vehicle, and will be extradited back to Rutherford County.

Warren is currently in the Spartanburg County jail.

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