Trooper Shot Tuesday Night Released from Hospital

The Highway Patrol says a trooper shot Tuesday night in Durham has been released from Duke Hospital.

Trooper Michael Potts is now resting comfortably at home with his family. He was shot on Highway 70 after a routine traffic stop.

Mikel Brady, of Randolph, Vermont, is being held on $8 million bail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill Potts, who was shot four times.

Lyndsey Smith, Brady's girlfriend, is currently on a $1.5 million bond. She was charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Both Brady and Smith are on "observation watch" at the Durham County jail.


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The girlfriend of a Vermont man charged with shooting and wounding a North Carolina state trooper went before a judge Thursday morning.

Durham officials say 21-year-old Lyndsey Smith, of Durham, was arrested Wednesday and charged with being an accessory after the fact in the Monday shooting of Trooper Michael Potts during a traffic stop in Durham.

Mikel Brady, of Randolph, Vt., is being held on $8 million bail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill Potts, who was shot four times. Potts is recovering from his wounds.

Smith is currently on a $1.5 million bond and both she and Brady are on "observation watch" at the Durham County jail.

Brady's criminal record dates to 2007 and includes multiple convictions. He failed to report to his probation officer in Vermont in October. Since then he has been listed as an escape.


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Bond was set at $11 million dollars for a man accused in Monday night's shooting of a state trooper.

Mikel Brady, who was also wanted in his home state of Vermont, was arrested Tuesday morning in Raleigh. He went before a judge in Durham this morning for his first appearance.

The 23-year-old has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

The Highway Patrol says Trooper Michael Potts was wounded following stopping a car on U.S. 70 near Cheek Road for a seat belt violation. The trooper is in fair and stable condition at Duke Hospital.

Brady's bond was set at $2.5 million on the trooper shooting charge, and another $8.5 million for being a fugitive.


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Police in Durham say they have arrested a man for Monday night's shooting of a state trooper during a traffic stop.

Durham police say Mikel Brady of Durham was arrested in Raleigh this morning. The 23-year-old has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

The Highway Patrol says Trooper Mike Potts was wounded following stopping a car on U.S. 70 near Cheek Road for a seat belt violation. The trooper is in fair and stable condition at Duke Hospital.

At an afternoon news conference, authorities say four shots were fired by the gunman, all hitting the trooper. Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan says Potts is lucky to have survived the shooting.

Shanahan said Potts was shot in both hands, his right shoulder and the right side of his face.

On Tuesday night, Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement: "I want to thank the law enforcement personnel, medical team and first responders who displayed an incredible amount of teamwork in saving Trooper Michael Potts and successfully apprehending the suspect. This is a reminder of the constant dangers facing our public safety officials every day in the line of duty. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Trooper Potts and his family during this difficult time."


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A Highway Patrol trooper is in fair and stable condition after being shot during a traffic stop in Durham Monday night.

This as Durham police are now questioning a suspect in the shooting.

The Highway Patrol says Trooper Mike Potts was wounded following a traffic stop on U.S. 70 near Cheek Road.

Earlier today, Vermont authorities said that 23-year-old Mikel Brady was a suspect in the trooper shooting. The Vermont man has a lengthy criminal record and is listed as an escapee from community supervision because they could not locate him.

Gov. Pat McCrory went to the hospital after his State of the State address Monday to see the injured trooper.

"We ask that everyone please keep Trooper Potts and his family in your thoughts and prayers," said Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan. "We truly appreciate the strong and swift response we have received from our law enforcement partners assisting at the scene of the shooting and quickly jumping into action to try and apprehend the shooter."

Troopers say the 42-year-old Potts had stopped a car around 6 p.m. Monday because the driver was not wearing a seat belt. 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.

Trooper Potts is an 11-year veteran of the Highway Patrol and works in the Durham district office.


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The suspect that shot a North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Monday is still on the run; meanwhile, the injured Trooper is now listed in stable condition.

Multiple media sources report that authorities were still searching early this morning for a gunman who they say opened fire on a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper during a routine traffic stop on U.S. 70 in Durham.

Investigators found the suspect's car, but he remains at large. All we know of the suspect right now is he's a white male with short blonde hair.


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A North Carolina highway patrol trooper is fighting for his life after being shot in Durham.

Authorities said the trooper was shot Monday evening near the intersection of U.S. 70 and Cheek Road. He was transported to Duke University Hospital. His condition was not available.

Police are searching for a black Nissan Altima with a temporary 30-day-tag driven by a white male with short blonde hair.

Sgt. Jeff Gordon told WRAL-TV that the trooper had made a routine traffic stop on U.S. 70 when he got out of his vehicle and was struck by gunfire. The vehicle headed west on U.S. 70.

Authorities shut down parts of U.S, 70 and Interstate 85 as they investigated.


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