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Suspect arrested after police officer shot in Kernersville

Quinton Blocker was charged with first-degree attempted murder, felony assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by felon.

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — A man has been arrested following the shooting of a Kernersville officer Sunday morning. 

Kernersville Police said officers responded to the area of Oak Grove Church Road in reference to a man matching the description of the suspect in the shooting.

Authorities were then able to identify Quinton Donnell Blocker, 37, of High Point as the offender in the incident.

Multiple Triad agencies and the community played a role in helping authorities find Blocker, according to a Facebook post from Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough Jr. with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

"I want to personally thank the community for how they responded. I want to specifically thank the men and women of the Kernersville Police Dept, Winston-Salem Police Dept, Forsyth County EMS, Lewisville Fire Dept, NC Highway Patrol, and of course the community of Forsyth. It is because of YOU - it is because of the community effort - that we were able to successfully apprehend the suspect responsible for the senseless shooting of the KPD Officer this morning.”

Officers said the shooting of the officer happened around 3:30 a.m. in the area of Century Park Boulevard and Arbor Hill Road off South Main Street.

Police said an alert was sent out to Kernersville residents by phone asking them to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity before Blocker was eventually caught. 

Police tell us that the officer who was shot is now in critical condition.

Blocker was charged with first-degree attempted murder, felony assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by felon.

He is currently being held in Forsyth County Detention Center under a $1 Million dollar secured bond.