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Retired state trooper charged in Christmas Eve shooting

Posted January 11, 2013

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— A retired North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper faces felony charges stemming from a Dec. 24 dispute in which he allegedly shot a father and son who were hunting in Bladen County, prosecutors said Friday.

Herbert Paul Weissinger, 55, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Thomas David Daughety Jr., 42, of Fayetteville, was shot in the stomach and arm, and his father Thomas David Daughety Sr., 64, of Parkton, was shot in the hand.

Bladen County sheriff's Capt. Rodney Hester said Weissinger confronted the pair about trespassing on his father-in-law's land, near U.S. Highway 701 and Beards Chapel Loop Road in Elizabethtown, and that there was a "physical altercation" before the gunfire.

In an interview with WRAL News, Thomas Daughety Sr. said he and his son had been hunting on state land that bordered the private property and that they never wandered onto Weissinger's father-in-law's land.

A witness said the pair had been running dogs when Weissinger approached them in an SUV, got out shouting obscenities and pulled a handgun during the dispute.

Bladen County District Attorney Jon David said in a statement Friday that the case will likely be presented to the grand jury next month.

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  • hawkdaddy138 Jan 17, 2013

    All the 'witnesses' where other hunters down there running dogs with these two deadbeats. Probably related, friends, or belonging to the same hunting club. Totally unbaised observations on their part.....

  • trueblue0100 Jan 15, 2013

    Another George Zimmerman story. Ex-cop/wannabee cop intervenes with suspected suspect/suspects without authority. This time, suspects survive shooting and can tell their own version.

  • HeelHater Jan 14, 2013

    I don't understand all the talk about getting all the facts and two sides to a story. They finally got enough of both sides and made the arrest. Bottom line is this; he approached two people that were not on his or anybody else's property, they were on a public, state maintained road in NC Gamelands, the victims were unarmed and the shooter shot them both after some type of altercation that the shooter initiated. That's illegal, anyway you say it.

  • stormtrooper76 Jan 11, 2013

    Sounds like another case of a cops badge getting the best of him. ( retired or not ) They all think they can do what ever they want like they're above the law,... so sad.

    feistyredhead2001

    Another foolish statement.

  • stormtrooper76 Jan 11, 2013

    Or the SHP that KILLED a lady sitting at a stop light because he was speeding to catch a speeder on the highway. The best part is it turned out to be "HER" fault. The G.O.B.N. is in session!!!!!

    cantbtaught

    If you're talking about the accident that happened in the triad area, your facts are inaccurate. She wasnt sitting at the light. She pulled out into the intersection in front of the trooper who was attempting to catch a speeder. That changes everything.

    Still a very tragic event though.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 11, 2013

    The fact that it won't his land is what got this fellow in trouble, and yes, he might of thought he was right, (Failed). Hope it's a wake up call for him.

  • dsalter Jan 11, 2013

    Sounds like another case of a cops badge getting the best of him. ( retired or not ) They all think they can do what ever they want like they're above the law,... so sad.

    feistyredhead2001

    It's not wise to judge when you hear just one side of the story.

  • esteryates69 Jan 11, 2013

    From experience i know first hand how sorry the sheriff dept,is at Elizabeth town NC is.So this is just a explain of what they do.So he mostly get a small slap on his hand,for slotting these two people.There believe they about the law.Just look at prove things they done in the past.

  • tsquaring Jan 11, 2013

    Interesting that the former LEO didn't just call the cops. DId he not trust them?

  • same ole story Jan 11, 2013

    Those paid to enforce the law should be held to the highest degree of accountability.

    Not in North Carolina. Did you follow the trial of a local Judge last month who received a "reprimand"?
    bubbba

    Or the SHP that KILLED a lady sitting at a stop light because he was speeding to catch a speeder on the highway. The best part is it turned out to be "HER" fault. The G.O.B.N. is in session!!!!!

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