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Trial continues for manhunt, shooting suspect

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Patrick Lowrance appears in a Greenville County courtroom on Monday. (Oct. 8, 2012/FOX Carolina) Patrick Lowrance appears in a Greenville County courtroom on Monday. (Oct. 8, 2012/FOX Carolina)

The trial began for a man accused of running from and shooting at Greenville police in October 2011.

Patrick Lowrance, 26, was arrested about a year ago after a day-long manhunt that put several Greenville-area schools on lockdown. He's accused of several crimes, including kidnapping and attempted murder.

Lowrance appeared in court Monday for opening arguments and the first day of testimony.

Prosecutors called a Greenville police officer to the stand who testified that she saw an SUV in a hotel parking lot with possibly stolen tags.

She said within moments a man jumped in the SUV and drove off, leading to a chase that was eventually called off. A short time later, the same vehicle was spotted at the Berkeley Pointe Apartment complex and Lowrance allegedly fired shots at two officers, police said,

Lowrance was shot in the shoulder but no officers were hit before he got away. Lowrance was arrested at a home on Mooremont Avenue in Greenville County later the same day.

"When I arrived, the two of them were on each side of the 1300 building and they advised me that the suspect had fired upon them," said Greenville City police Officer Brittany Cruell.

The defense questioned the officer's description of the suspect.

She said the driver of the SUV was 35 to 40 years old and had long hair, but the defense said that wasn't accurate.

Trial continues with additional testimonies

On Tuesday, the second day of testimony began with Officer Traci Cobb taking the stand and giving her account of what happened last October when prosecutors say shots were exchanged between her and the defendant Patrick Lowrance.

 "Right here is the stairway going down.  It was very dark in there so it was really hard to see, so I was looking in and before I could get my hand off my radio, I saw muzzle flash and heard gunshots,"said Cobb during her testimony on the stand. 

Cobb said she returned fire and took cover. She said another officer in the area was also shot at.  Neither of them were injured.

The one person who was injured was the suspect, Lowrance, who police say ran after being shot in the shoulder. Two of his friends took the stand Tuesday and revealed Lowrance reached out to both of them while prosecutors say he was on the run.

The trial resumes at 9 a.m. Wednesday.  Lowrance is expected to take the stand.

Lowrance has been held at the Greenville County Detention Center since Oct. 28, 2011, on charges of attempted armed robbery, conspiracy, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and multiple counts of attempted murder and kidnapping.

Stay with FOX Carolina and for complete coverage of Lowrance's trial.

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