February 19, 2013
remains in stable condition after being shot by a motorist.
State Highway Patrol trooper Michael Potts, who was shot during a traffic stop in Durham Monday evening remains in fair and stable condition. Trooper Potts, 42, was shot following a stop on U.S. Highway 70 near Cheek Road.
“We ask that everyone please keep Trooper Potts and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” said Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran J. 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.”
The SHP is working with the Durham Police Department, the lead agency in the shooting investigation. The State Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, the Durham Sheriff’s Office, and multiple other federal, state and local law enforcement have been aiding in the investigation.
Trooper Potts is an 11-year veteran who joined the patrol August 2001. He is assigned to the Durham district office.
Governor McCrory released a statement in response to the incident saying, “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.”
For additional information on the shooting investigation, contact the Durham Police Department.