Local Law Enforcement Talks About Traffic Stop Safety After Officer Shot

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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  • by OpenCarry on Nov 18, 2010 at 08:32 PM
    Prayers to Officer John Taylor and his family. But this article SHOULD say "every time an LEO stops a CRIMINAL they put their lives in danger." I travel EVERYWHERE with at least one firearm in my car. I also have concealed carry permits from NC and two other states. My wife ALWAYS has drugs in her car--she is a home care nurse. But NEITHER of us pose ANY threat to the police, because we are law-abiding citizens. The fact that there are guns or drugs in our vehicles--both of which we possess LEGALLY--means NOTHING in terms of officer safety, because we are NOT CRIMINALS. I was stopped twice in a DUI roadblock in Beaufort County, on Halloween night, and was carrying my Glock on my hip. I handed the officer my DL and CHP, and informed him I was carrying. In BOTH instances, they just nodded and said, "yeah, we assumed so, since you handed us your Permit. We're not worried about the folks who tell us they are armed--it's the ones who DON'T tell us that are a problem..."
  • by Don't be complacent Location: enc on Nov 18, 2010 at 08:25 PM
    As an ex cop, I was trained how to approach a stopped vehicle in a manner in which I could defend myself if necessary. He screwed up and let his guard down. Hope local cops learn from this.
  • by Tripp Location: New Bern on Nov 18, 2010 at 07:45 PM
    Deputies with the Highway Patrol? WITN, please check your story. Deputies work with county sheriffs' departments. Troopers with with the Highway Patrol. Just who were you interviewing?
  • by typo Location: witn on Nov 18, 2010 at 06:13 PM
    since when does the highway patrol have deputies?
  • by Just a Thought Location: ENC on Nov 18, 2010 at 06:12 PM
    Deputies with the Highway Patrol? Think the more appropriate terminology is "Troopers with the Highway Patrol".
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