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Suspect in state trooper's shooting indicted on federal charges

Posted May 31, 2013

— A Vermont man accused of shooting and injuring a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper three months ago was indicted this week on two federal charges in the case.

The grand jury handed up indictments Tuesday against Mikel Edward Brady on charges of possession of a handgun by a felon and possession of ammunition by a felon.

The 23-year-old from Randolph, Vt., is already charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in the Feb. 18 shooting of trooper Michael L. Potts during a traffic stop along U.S. Highway 70 in Durham.

According to the indictments, Brady, who was convicted of federal charges in 2009, was in possession of a Ruger. 380 caliber handgun and two rounds of Speer .380 caliber ammunition.

In August 2008, he was arrested on federal charges after he stole 209 sticks of dynamite from a rock quarry in Bethel, Vt. Ultimately, he pleaded guilty to the federal charges and other state charges and served 33 months in prison, from September 2009 until June.

At the time of his arrest in Potts' shooting, he was wanted in Vermont on a felony absconder charge.

He is now being held in the Durham County jail on a $2 million bond.

Potts, an 11-year Highway Patrol veteran, was shot in the shoulder, both hands and his right cheek and has been recovering from his injuries.


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  • Bluestone 33 May 31, 2013

    The criminal should be put away for life. If not the next time he will kill a officer.

  • jrfergerson May 31, 2013

    and they let him out later to commit more crimes in the future.

  • scarlett2 May 31, 2013

    May God bless and speed this state trooper in his healing. This criminal needs to be locked up for life; he has shown that he is a danger to society. It is only by the grace of God that this trooper was not killed that day, or severely paralyzed/maimed for life. I'm sure that he will be suffering from pain of his injuries and the scars will be there forever. I hope the state doesn't stick him with any of the medical bills. He sacrificed himself that day to protect all of us from this evil criminal.