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Suspect Who Shot N.C. Deputy Had Lengthy Criminal Record

September 13, 2010  | 

The 51-year-old man who allegedly shot a Cleveland County (N.C.) Sheriff's deputy on Sunday evening has a lengthy criminal record and had been sentenced to 40 years in prison in 1989, reports the Charlotte Observer.

Otis Lynn Short, 51, was arrested at his home Monday morning and is a "person of interest" in the shooting of deputy Tim Elmore.

Short, in 1989, was the target of a two-state manhunt for a murder charge that was later dropped. He allegedly carjacked a 73-year-old women that year and escaped from jail while being held on that charge.

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