Suspect vehicle sought in shooting of Caldwell County deputy during traffic stop

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Caldwell County Sheriff's Office 

A manhunt is underway for the person responsible for shooting a sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop late Sunday night in Caldwell County. 

The shooting happened on Cheraw Road near Pisgah Church Road around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15. 

Authorities said they're actively searching for a blue Toyota sedan, which they believe is the suspect’s vehicle. 

The deputy, whose name has not been released, was wearing a protective vest but was shot below the vest. He was flown by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery. 

The injured deputy has been with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office for just over a year.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office along with the NC State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and other area law enforcement agencies are currently investigating.