Patrol Says Trooper Fatally Shot Man Who Attacked Him With Blade

The Highway Patrol says a trooper shot and killed a man he was transporting after the suspect attacked him with a razor blade.

Officials told the Asheville Citizen-Times on Friday that Trooper Andrew Waycaster stopped 22-year-old Daniel Boyd Cole Jr. for speeding and a seat belt violation. The trooper took Cole into custody after smelling alcohol.

The Highway Patrol said Cole was sitting in the front seat of the cruiser and attacked Waycaster with a razor blade, cutting him four times. Patrol officials said Waycaster stopped the car, got out and fired two shots at Cole, killing him.

Waycaster was bleeding profusely, but emergency responders treated him at the scene and took him to Mission Hospitals in Asheville.

Lt. A.J. Dickey said Waycaster's injuries did not appear life-threatening. The SBI is investigating the shooting.


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  • by thug Location: hood on Mar 18, 2008 at 01:48 PM
    good job trooper, never mind all the speculations you did what you had to do to remove the threat. one should never bring a knife to a gun fight!
  • by CHARLIE Location: VANCEBORO NC on Mar 17, 2008 at 12:48 AM
    HE ONLY HAD HIM IN THE CAR TO TEST FOR ALCOHOL!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane,NC on Mar 16, 2008 at 08:50 PM
    I don't know as much as most of you posters seem to know. One thing is for sure, if you come at me with a razor blade I will use the largest weapon I have to stop you.
  • by william Location: belhaven on Mar 16, 2008 at 04:06 PM
    deadly force is justifiable to protect yourself or a third person against deadly force--a box cutter is a deadly weapon when the subject slashed the troopers face and arm--these guys have a tough job and yes they are well trained--with that being said when one encounters a subject that slashes another person I feel that not only does your body go into shock your brain automatically goes into a survivior mode and the one with the biggest gun usually wins--- if trooper was losing blood at a high rate he may have felt faint and if he had of passed out given the thug a chance to slice on him some more---good job to the trooper----
  • by somko Location: a'ville on Mar 16, 2008 at 01:25 PM
    Poor judgment, poor training or poor leadership? ALL opf the above? Take your pick the NCHP has a lot of explaining to do, PERIOD.
  • by buck Location: anywhere on Mar 16, 2008 at 01:03 PM
    I guess the kill-kill get the approval on this forum. Welcome to the south, what else is new?
  • by coli on Mar 16, 2008 at 12:36 PM
    WHY didn't the trooper handcuff the suspect prior to transportation? The trooper has: maze, stunt gun and billy club available before use of deadly force is needed. Did he use any of them? Did he panic? Then you wonder why the ones who carry a badge have the "GOD" syndrome? The ones in this forum advocating the lynch mentality instead of common sense. For similar incidents soldiers in Iraq have been court martialed. Thank you
  • by nearby observe Location: gville on Mar 16, 2008 at 04:59 AM
    This goes along with what I observed the other day by Gville Police. A stop was made and a search of the vehicle was wanted but they either didn't have permission or the driver locked the keys in the vehicle. They all waited to have another come to unlock the door. Meanwhile this guy that had a black hood on with very loose dark clothing was never handcuffed and was allowed to sit in one of the cruisers. I never saw them do a search for a weapon and thought if they took him in, he had plenty of opportunity to hide a weapon in the back seat of the cruiser. I kept thinking about this during the whole observation of this but they searched the vehicle and let him go. I was relieved. I think they don't protect themselves enough. God Bless Them.
  • by Keith Location: Winterville on Mar 15, 2008 at 10:24 PM
    The Trooper was definately in the right. His life was on the line.
  • by tom Location: martin CO on Mar 15, 2008 at 09:23 PM
    Law enforcement officers need to handle things like that more often. We need to go back to the old was of hanging and such.The trooper was 100% in the right. Great job bud.
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