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Radio traffic in trooper shooting: 'I've been shot in the face'

Posted March 6, 2013
Updated March 7, 2013

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— North Carolina State Highway Patrol radio traffic released Wednesday captures the desperation of a trooper who was shot four times during a traffic stop in Durham last month and the all-out search to find the suspect.

Seriously injured, Trooper Michael L. Potts sent out a distressed call over his radio. "Signal 25, signal 25," he said – code for "officer needs help."

"Hurry up," he said. "I've been shot in the face."

Authorities say Potts had stopped Mikel Edward Brady, 23, for a seatbelt violation on U.S. Highway 70 on Feb. 18 when Brady shot him at an "extraordinarily close range" in both of his hands, his right shoulder and the right side of his face.

He sent out a description of Brady on the radio, alerting troopers and other law enforcement officers across the area to be on the look out.

trooper shooting Highway Patrol releases trooper's distressed radio calls after shooting

"The description on the car is a black Nissan, 30-day tags," Potts said. "White male, short blond hair."

The search for Brady led authorities to a Mexican restaurant on North Roxboro Street, where they discovered his car hours after the shooting, and a Raleigh apartment complex, where he was arrested the following day.

Brady faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Potts was taken to Duke University Hospital and released three days later.

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  • Smart Alex Mar 7, 2013

    Blessings to you and your family, Trooper Potts. Get well soon!

  • cybermil Mar 7, 2013

    anyone who shoots a trooper should get a life sentence. No chance to get out for at least 20 years. There needs to be a strong message to criminals that shooting a cop will get a hard long time in prison. I would not want a troopers job. Any stop of anyone is potentially a life threating situation. Good luck to Potts and I hope our justice system respects the risks he takes doing his job.

  • ncmickey Mar 7, 2013

    I swear this the same trooper on the gas pumps saying you will lose your license for driving off without gas? Get well soon!
    wattsun

    I think you are right!!

  • What if_I could Mar 7, 2013

    Bless this officer and now his family for what they are going through. Why post this!!!!! We talk about taking away guns. Let's talk away Media rights for being insentive or having someone think, this guy should have done this to make it more sensational. Talking about gun rights...I would like to know how this guy obtained a gun? Did he get someone else. Make these folks who do not lock up there firearms responsible.

  • GravyPig Mar 7, 2013

    "Thankful Trooper Potts is recovering, that man meant to kill him."

    Indeed, and it appears that he intended even more mayhem for Durham too.

  • GravyPig Mar 7, 2013

    "Thats a human behind that uniform and human models only come with TWO hands. Keep that a secret."

    LOL, thanks for that.

  • Glass Half Full Mar 7, 2013

    Thankful Trooper Potts is recovering, that man meant to kill him.

  • godshelper Mar 7, 2013

    "why isn't the NC state police requiring the use of ballistic clipboards, they have been in use by others fo years.."
    1983rs
    Would you quit already with the ballistic clipboards. They exit the car at night with one hand holding a flashlight so they can see any danger waiting for them, their gun hand stays free in case there is a danger and the need arises to protect themselves.....now you want to put a clipboard in their hands.....News flash!! Thats a human behind that uniform and human models only come with TWO hands. Keep that a secret.

  • godshelper Mar 7, 2013

    Had this man gone on with his plans to possibliy bomb fire station, police stations and ems stations we would be in a world of hurt. I am greatful that this trooper was doing his job and that that this man is off the street. I hate that the trooper was injured as a result of the encounter but he saved more lives than most people realize. This guy was planning to hurt people, innocent people. God Bless Trooper Potts!

  • 1983rs Mar 7, 2013

    why isn't the NC state police requiring the use of ballistic clipboards, they have been in use by others fo years..

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