NEW INFO: Officer Shot In NC

Authorities have identified two men charged with attempted first-degree murder for the shooting of a North Carolina police officer.

Multiple media outlets report that Sanford police arrested 21-year-old Breon Montrell Black and 16-year-old Thomas Harold Mitchell II on Sunday.

Thirty-three-year-old officer Scott Norton was shot early Sunday while patrolling a mobile home park. Norton was hit five times but was wearing a bulletproof vest and did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.

Sanford Police Capt. David Smith says the last time an officer with the department was shot was in the 1970s.

Police say they expect more arrests.

Black and Mitchell were being held in the Lee County Jail. It was unclear if they had attorneys.


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Police say two people have been arrested and they are searching for two more suspects in the shooting of a North Carolina police officer.

Sanford Police Capt. David Smith said 33-year-old officer Scott Norton was shot early Sunday while patrolling a mobile home park in the central part of the state.

Smith says Norton was wearing a bulletproof vest and did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.

Norton was shot five times. Four wounds were to the lower part of his body and one shot hit his vest.

Smith says the officers were patrolling the mobile home park because there had been a recent increase in crime.

Smith says the last time an officer with the Sanford Police Department was shot was in the 1970s.


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  • by anonymous Location: sanford on Jul 29, 2010 at 01:58 PM
    i thank God the officer was not seriously injured or worse killed. i pray for the justice system to stop slapping these kids on the wrist and to start making the punishment fit the crime.
  • by anonymous Location: sanford on Jul 27, 2010 at 01:02 PM
    i think they should spend the rest of their life in jail
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    Probably get a few days in jail, the way the justice system works now.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2009 at 12:03 PM
    NEED TO MAKE THE PUNISHMENT WORSE THAN THE CRIMES THESE CRIMINALS COMMIT BETCHA IT WOULD SLOW SOME DOWN.
  • by police on Dec 21, 2009 at 12:01 PM
    Mr. mitchell was convicted "beyond a resonable doubt" in 2007 for possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana , and convicted for possession of a firearm by convicted felon in the same year he received probation for same. thats 2 felonies in one year with only probation!!! mr. black was convicted in 2007 of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. he received probation. alot of people have always in the past complained that law enforcement writes too many tickets to the good people and complain we do not do our job by getting the drug dealers and killers off the street. when the truth is we do but how many times can we continue to get them off the street when they receive only probation for multiple felonies. this is getting crazy if people want something done about this and to make a safer place to live then we need to come together for conservative leadership, or will it be too late? will you be the next news story from a murder of a FELON on probation?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    kill the criminal and save money and society. use them as an example were not going to take it any more. but in order to this we have to get rid of liberal judges and leadership!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Eastern Carolina on Dec 21, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    This reminds me of when Trooper Blanton from Haywood county got shot and killed in June 2008. The man who shot him had a long criminal history of violence against police officers, EMS and firefighters and if they had kept him in jail where he belongs, he would have never had the chance to kill Trooper Blanton. This is getting ridiculous. These criminals know that they wont serve the time that they should for shooting officers. Before long, we aren't going to have people wanting to be officers because of this problem. Too many people complain about officers using excessive force but the reason being is because law enforcement is not taken seriously. They are not respected.
  • by Henry Location: Raleigh on Dec 21, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    This is getting ridiculous, what is wrong with our society. The Death Penalty needs to be implemented and Harsher sentences need to be applied now. These types of crimes are getting out of hand........
  • by Tod Location: 7 springs on Dec 21, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    It seems more and more officers are getting shot as criminals know the death penalty is off the table and NC is easy on crime. It is the legislators fault for going to easy on crime laws. Please tell your legialtors at nc.gov that we want " 2 strikes and out". We should be tougher than the federal law of " three strikes and out" One strike and out would be fine with me but would never pass- too many bleeding heart liberals in NC
  • by Officer1 Location: NC on Dec 21, 2009 at 03:40 AM
    And I bet anything, the offenders have a long criminal record and if they were serving time they had been given, this likely would not have happened. It is time for the so-called leaders to grow a set and make punishment be punishment.
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