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Fundraiser helps shot state trooper with medical bills

Posted June 13, 2013
Updated June 14, 2013

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— Law enforcement officers crowded a Durham Pizza Inn during lunch Thursday, but they weren’t there for security.

Ten percent of the day’s sales were donated to help Michael Potts, an 11-year veteran of the North Carolina Highway Patrol who is still recovering after being shot four times during a Feb. 18 traffic stop.

“With somebody like Trooper Potts, he put his life on the line every day when he went to work. Not many of us do that,” said Troy Harrington, co-owner of the Pizza Inn on North Duke Street.

Mikel Brady, 23, of Vermont, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in connection with the shooting, which happened along U.S. Highway 70 in Durham. Potts was shot in the face, both hands and shoulder.

Trooper Jeff Pleasants remembered hearing the call on the radio.

“It sends chills down your spine because you don’t know what you’re going to find until you get there,” he said.

Potts arrived at the restaurant for lunch, too. He's done so many media interviews since being shot and, for one day, he wanted to take a break. Pizza lunch raises money for recovering Durham trooper Pizza lunch raises money for recovering Durham trooper

Still, he told WRAL News that he is still having trouble with his hearing and there’s a “continuous ringing" in his ear.

He seeing doctors, and the medical bills are adding up.

That’s why so many showed up at the restaurant today to help. Pizza Inn also collected donations at the door until closing. A total of $300 was raised by the end of lunch.

“Law enforcement takes care of each other,” Pleasants said. “It’s like one big family. It doesn’t matter what color the uniform.”

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  • stymieindurham Jun 14, 2013

    "It is a shame the line of blue doesn't do this for people that they injure . . . ."
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    This is a small minded way to compare an office shot in the face.

  • Glass Half Full Jun 14, 2013

    WRAL - Please follow up on this story and let us know what is true and correct. What benefits do officers receive when they're injured in the line of duty? Usually there are plenty of LEO's commenting on here; somebody has to know the policy.

  • mojaintsmall Jun 14, 2013

    It is a shame the line of blue doesn't do this for people that they injure while on the job that are not criminals but still end up hurt by the actions of the police. mojaintsmall

  • stymieindurham Jun 14, 2013

    " . . . . medical bills are adding up."
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    This has to be either a misprint or poor investigative jurnalism. The trooper was on duty. Why are there ANY medical bills, relating to this incident, that are his responsibility????

  • jrfergerson Jun 14, 2013

    djoraleigh you stated 'As for the subject line, I'd think "medical bills" is in error. He probably needs a psychological lift to cover pain and suffering, which workman's comp won't pay,' The state plan might not cover psychological lift - but workman's comp does cover psychological medical care.

  • djofraleigh Jun 14, 2013

    How do we find people who are willing to walk up to a darkened car in the middle of no where not knowing who or how many are in the car with what intention? I wouldn't do it, would you?

    As for the subject line, I'd think "medical bills" is in error. He probably needs a psychological lift to cover pain and suffering, which workman's comp won't pay, and the shooter ain't paying.

  • newtoncus Jun 14, 2013

    Go figure, this man risks his life for the state, get's shot while on the job in the face and hand and the state won't pay for it, unbelievable.

  • Half Red Half Blue Jun 14, 2013

    WRAL: Please report as to why worker's comp is not picking up the full tab. You have all of us scratching our heads on this one.

  • Viewer Jun 14, 2013

    I thought folks in the 66% disability situation did not have to pay income taxes on it. If true, then that 66% goes a bit further. Can anyone give us the facts?

  • newtoncus Jun 14, 2013

    This is working for the state, just like all state employees and the max deductible is $933 and max co-insurance is $3793. If he's on worker's compensation he get's 66% of his salary so I can see why he would need a fundraiser. Co-pays of $35-$81 and prescription co-pays from $12-64 for 30 day supply. All of this is has got to be a lot of money for him and his family especially since he is probably on 66% disability pay.

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