NC Highway Patrol trooper shot in Durham

NC Highway Patrol trooper shot in Durham

Mike Potts

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 6:49 AM

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper is recovering after being shot during a traffic stop in Durham.
 
Officers continued to search Tuesday morning for the suspect.
 
Patrol Sgt. Maurice Devalle said  that Trooper Mike Potts, 42, had surgery Monday night at Duke University Hospital.

Devalle said the trooper was doing well, though his face is swollen. He was in fair condition early Tuesday.
 
Gov. Pat McCrory went to the hospital after his State of the State address Monday to see the trooper
 
Devalle says Potts had stopped a car around 6 p.m. Monday because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. Devalle says the trooper was hit several times.
 
A car that appeared to be the suspect's vehicle was found abandoned behind a restaurant several hours later. 

Highway patrol is working with the Durham Police Department, the lead agency in the shooting investigation.

The State Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, the Durham Sheriff’s Office, and multiple other federal, state and local law enforcement have been aiding in the investigation.
 
Trooper Potts is an 11-year veteran who joined the patrol August 2001. He is assigned to the Durham district office.

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