Law enforcement officers in the East are reacting to Roanoke Rapids police officer, John Taylor being shot during a traffic stop Wednesday, saying every time they stop a driver they are putting their lives at risk.
Deputies with the Highway Patrol say there are a lot of unknowns when they stop someone on the road. The person could be wanted for murder or have drugs or guns inside their car. They also worry about being struck by another vehicle while on the road.
Deputies say they are trained for difficult situations and try to be cautious, but you can't predict someone you pull over might try to kill you.
"Its every law enforcement officers worst fear, you train for it, but in reality are you ever really prepared for it not at all," says Sergeant Tim Crumpler with the Highway Patrol.
Officers we spoke with Thursday say their thoughts are with officer John Taylor and his family because they consider everyone in law enforcement to be one big family.
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