Man Admits Shooting Trooper Four Times

A man today admitted he tried to kill a state trooper after a traffic stop in Durham last February.

Mikel Brady II pleaded guilty to attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Trooper Michael Potts was shot four times after he pulled over Brady's vehicle on I-85 for a seatbelt violation.

In a statement, Trooper Potts said the plea agreement for him was helpful closure.

“I'm very pleased with the hard work of the Durham’s district attorney's office in this case, and grateful to the law enforcement officers who put in countless hours of hard work. I also thank the thousands of supporters, including the Governor, that my family and I had during the hardest time of our lives. We look forward to moving ahead now that we have this closure.”

Under a plea deal, Brady was given 20 years in state prison.

The man is still awaiting to be sentenced in federal court on gun charges.