Lawyer Appointed For Trooper Taser Suspect

A man accused of trying to kill a state trooper made his first court appearance Friday morning.

The public was barred from the hearing in Snow Hill, but WITN News has learned an attorney has been appointed for Nathaniel Hope.

Hope was arrested Tuesday after a 27 hour manhunt.

The Highway Patrol say Trooper B.R. Beaman stopped a car Monday morning on Highway 91 for a child seat violation. They say Hope, who was a passenger in the vehicle, got into a fight with the trooper, got Beaman's taser and used the weapon on the trooper. The Highway Patrol says he then hit the trooper on the head before running off into the woods.

The judge continued Hope's $1-million bond. He is being held in the Edgecombe County jail because the Greene County sheriff says his jail is full.


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A man accused of tasing and then assaulting a state trooper is being held on a $1-million bond.

Nathaniel Hope was arrested Tuesday around 2:00 p.m. after a 27 hour manhunt and is being held in the Greene County jail.

Authorities say Hope was a passenger in a car that Trooper B.R. Beaman stopped for a child safety seat violation. The Highway Patrol says the two men got into a fight and Hope was able to grab the trooper's taser and stun him with it. The trooper was also hit over the head and bitten on his thumb.

The Highway Patrol says Hope has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer, assault inflicting serious injury on a law enforcement officer, habitual assault, providing fictitious name to a law enforcement officer and resist obstruct and delay.

Authorities say Hope was a passenger in a car that Trooper B.R. Beaman stopped for a child safety seat violation. The Highway Patrol says the two men got into a fight and Hope was able to grab the trooper's taser and stun him with it. The trooper was also hit over the head and bitten on his thumb.

Hope will have his first court appearance Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. in Snow Hill.


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The Highway Patrol says a man who authorities say tased and assaulted a state trooper has been arrested.

Nathaniel Hope was arrested around 2:00 p.m. at 324 Dunn Cobb Road in Snow Hill.

He is currently at the Greene County Courthouse and is expected to face a magistrate shortly.

The Highway Patrol says Hope has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer, assault inflicting serious injury on a law enforcement officer, habitual assault, providing fictitious name to a law enforcement officer and resist obstruct and delay.

The Highway Patrol says Trooper B.R. Beaman was treated and released from Pitt County Memorial Hospital for lacerations to his head and a bite to his right thumb. 1st Sgt. Steve Greene says Beaman won't return to duty until he's cleared by the department's medical staff.

Troopers say Beaman stopped a car Monday morning on Highway 91 for a child seat violation. They say Hope, who was a passenger in the vehicle, got into a fight with the trooper, got Beaman's taser and used the weapon on the trooper. The Highway Patrol says he then hit the trooper on the head before running off into the woods.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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Authorities continue to search for a Fountain man they say tased and then assaulted a Highway Patrol trooper Monday morning.

Troopers say after the attack, Nathaniel Hope fled into some woods near his parents home off Highway 91, south of Walstonbburg. A law enforcement perimeter around that area was released around 2:00 a.m.

The Highway Patrol says Trooper B.R. Beaman was treated and released from Pitt County Memorial Hospital for lacerations to his head and a bite to his right thumb. 1st Sgt. Steve Greene says Beaman won't return to duty until he's cleared by the department's medical staff.

Troopers say Beaman stopped a car on Highway 91 for a child seat violation. They say Hope, who was a passenger in the vehicle, got into a fight with the trooper, got Beaman's taser and used the weapon on the trooper. The Highway Patrol says he then hit the trooper on the head before running off into the woods.

Hope is also wanted for probation/parole violations that date back to January.


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A manhunt continues in Greene County after a man got into a fight with state trooper Monday morning. Authorities now say that trooper was tasered with his own weapon.

It happened on Highway 91, south of Walstonburg in Greene County after a traffic stop for a child seat violation. A helicopter, dogs and law enforcement officers searched for the man who ran into the woods.

The Highway Patrol says Trooper B.R. Beaman received a head injury and scratches in the fight and was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Patrol spokesman 1st Sgt. Steve Greene classified those injuries as minor and says he's going to be okay.

Relatives tell WITN News that Nathaniel Hope and his girlfriend, Lakesia Barnes, were pulled over on Highway 91 and we're told Hope and the trooper got into an altercation.

Hope's mother has been in contact with her son via a cell phone and she's urged him to turn himself in to authorities.

Greene says Hope was able to grab the trooper's taser and used it on him before hitting the trooper over the head. The Highway Patrol says the man dropped the weapon before running away. Earlier the Highway Patrol had reported the man made off with the trooper's taser.

Trooper Beaman is listed in good condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The Highway Patrol says Barnes was wanted for larceny charges that occurred earlier in the day and was taken into custody by Greene County deputies.

Hope is listed as wanted for probation/parole violations on the Department of Correction website. His prior convictions include robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.


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  • by Micheal Bishop Location: Walstonburg on May 29, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    I was the third person to arrive on scene that day and I saw what happened to Trooper Beaman. If you weren't on scene and didn't see his wounds then you have no right to talk!!! I have known Trooper Beaman for a long time and he is a friend of mine he did nothing to deserve what happened to him and if people think that then you and no better then the boy who assaulted him
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 26, 2010 at 11:27 AM
    If the legislature and the rest of the government does nothing other than just let these convicts walk the streets and cause more trouble, then I reckon that it would be up to the NORMAL citizens to make them suffer the consequences, and that involves killing the robbers, murderers, gang members, and other convicts in order to keep this nation safe.
  • by Anonymous on May 25, 2010 at 01:40 PM
    Data Man makes me think of Mr. Ruckus from Boondocks. Sad news for you Mr. Ruckus they don't care about you.
  • by to Data Man on May 25, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    I did not see a comment from you on the story about the white man who held his child and estranged wife at gunpoint. That is by far the worst thing you could do to your child. How about if that was your sister and nephew? It proves to me what you are. And you know it. I wish WITN would block your comments. If you do not reply back to this comment then all the blacks know how you are. And we also know you wouldn't say what you write in person.
  • by Data Man on May 25, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    The bottom line is that this man could have killed this officer! What if it was your husband or father that was hurt by this man!? This guy is a problem and he dosent deserve to be out ever again! I just hate that it takes this level to realize that this person is a problem. I bet that this kid has been a problem every since he has been 10yrs old. Fair trial!? The officer didnt get one!
  • by Bren Location: snow hill on May 24, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    TO; did anyone else,,,, the reason it became a deadly weapon, is HE HIT HIM WITH IT IN THE HEAD, it wasnt the tasing, it was the hitting him,,, it could have been a popscicle stick and it would have been the same charge, he assaulted him with it by hitting him,,,, READ closely please
  • by Bren on May 24, 2010 at 07:13 PM
    hahaha learn to spell and he might can read it ,,, CAN WE SAY PROVOKED,,,,LOL
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2010 at 06:56 PM
    I think if this guy would just have complied with the Officer,he would have never made the news and his bond wouldn`t be $1,000,000..lol
  • by To confused on May 24, 2010 at 04:57 PM
    Learn to speak English correctly, then, maybe your comments can be considered. Bond is set to keep someone from fleeing. He is defintely a flight risk, he already ran. He is also a danger, anyone with the balls and lack of caring to assault a police officer, would kill an average citizen if provocted.
  • by to anonymous at 06:34 on May 24, 2010 at 04:13 PM
    Who cares about what you say? A deputy an officer of the law got his butt beat. He lost. The young man won. They should just let it go. The trooper just need to admit he got beat and next time he will be much nicer when stopping people.
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