Mikel Edward Brady Charged With Shooting NC State Highway Patrol Trooper

2:38 PM, Feb 19, 2013   |    comments
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  • Mikel Edward Brady is carried from the Durham County Police Department after his arrest Feb. 19, 2013, in the shooting of North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper Michael Potts. Courtesy WRAL.
  • Mikel Brady. Photo courtesy WCAX, WRAL.
  • Trooper Michael L. Potts. Courtesy WRAL.
    

Durham, NC -- Tuesday, authorities arrested the man police say shot a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper Monday evening.

Durham Police identified the shooter as Mikel Edward Brady, 23, from Randolph, VT, according to WRAL. Brady has been charged with Assault With A Deadly Weapon With Intent To Kill Inflicting Serious Injury.

According to WRAL, Vermont corrections officials said Brady has served time for both federal and state convictions from September 2009 until June 2012. He was charged for burglaries, a home invasion and dynamite theft.

Trooper Mike Potts is in stable condition and is recovering from his surgery Monday night at Duke University Hospital, according to NC Highway Patrol. Patrol Sgt. Maurice Devalle told The Durham Herald-Sun that Potts' face is still swollen.

Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Gordon said the trooper stopped the Altima on U.S. 70. Monday night. When the trooper got out of his patrol car, the Brady shot him.

The shooter took off, heading west.

Gordon did not say why Potts made the stop, but he did describe it as routine.

Officers shut down all westbound lanes of U.S. 70 near Cheek Road until about 11:30 p.m. while authorities investigated the scene. Interstate 85 was also closed in that area.

Statement From Attorney General Roy Cooper:

"Once again, we're reminded of the risks that law enforcement officers take every day to protect us.  Thanks to quick work by our State Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies, a dangerous suspect is off the streets and our state is safer for it.  We continue to keep Trooper Potts in our thoughts and wish him a speedy recovery."

Read more about Brady at WRAL's website.

WRAL/AP

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