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  • commonsense4 Feb 21, 4:30 p.m.

    ""He made it back to his cruiser and really maintained his professionalism and was able to give a description." said Kieran Shanahan.

    Too bad Kieran could not maintain his professionalism when he assaulted an 11 year old and 13 year old kid . . . so McCrory puts him in charge of public safety. You just can't make this stuff up.

  • tarheelfan3 Feb 21, 11:44 a.m.

    1983 - I have been in law enforcement for 19 years. The absolute last thing I want occupying my hands when I approach a vehicloe on a traffic stop is a clipboard. I want my hands free to access weapons or communications systems or to lend a helping hand if the driver is in distress. The ticket book does none of that, regardless of the $40 gadget of bullet proof glass. I am not looking it up, because it is rediculous.

  • Hill55 Feb 21, 8:18 a.m.

    Still waiting foe the news investigation as to why Vermont let him out of prison after such a brief sentence given the crimes he had been convicted of.

    Is that the liberals in the press are giving cover to the liberals in the so-progressive Vermont?

    So now the taxpayers of NC have to pay for him,mother girlfriend and the baby on the way.

  • Pepe Silvia Feb 20, 4:56 p.m.

    "Yeah and the world will be a safer place...NOT...There are many more like him then there are like you.People one person does not make a change,unless they are very high up on the ladder." - Ihavenoclu

    Yeah! Lets stop going after criminals... doesn't make the world any safer! Lets not stop anyone from doing whatever they want! Why stop someone from being a menace to society?! (someone needs to invent a sarcasm font)

  • Uhavenoclu Feb 20, 4:28 p.m.

    Hopefully he will get a life sentence and the public will not have to be harmed by this person again

    Yeah and the world will be a safer place...NOT...There are many more like him then there are like you.People one person does not make a change,unless they are very high up on the ladder.

  • 1983rs Feb 20, 4:17 p.m.

    tarheelfan3, no many dept. use clipboards that are made of a sheet of bullit proof glass, $40.00 that can save a life, takes away most of a shooters angle on a approaching officer.. look it up!!!

  • RUSTYROVER Feb 20, 4:02 p.m.

    Hopefully he will get a life sentence and the public will not have to be harmed by this person again

  • romneycare Feb 20, 3:29 p.m.

    @luvmyjackrascal , then he would get out and wait until his trial.... maybe drink a beer here or there...

  • luvmyjackrascal Feb 20, 2:46 p.m.

    What would happen if someone came up with that bail money?

  • trekkie13 Feb 20, 2:25 p.m.

    Police have to use great restraint because federal law makes it a crime to hypothetically beat a person just for revenge. That is a color of law violation and would mean federal prison time for any law enforcement official who would participate in such a hypothetical.

  • sgtfudpucker Feb 20, 2:09 p.m.

    So glad to hear he is better and wish him safe patrolling. I have such great admiration for him and all our Highway Patrol Troopers. This is a rewarding occupation,however it is very dangerious.Please remember safety first,I retired from the prison system and risks were there too.Good luck to you.

  • trekkie13 Feb 20, 2:00 p.m.

    Crew dog stated: "My hat is off to the SHP and other officers escorting this criminal to jail for showing great restraint in not causing serious bodily harm to befall him."

    You do understand that there are federal color of law and civil rights statutes on the books that would make law enforcement personnel doing things like that a federal crime. I am pretty sure that law enforcement would not consider the possibility of going to federal prison or facing punitive monetary damages in a federal civil suit just for revenge.

  • tarheelfan3 Feb 20, 1:57 p.m.

    many police forces use a large clipboard made of bullet proof when approaching stopped vehicles, these have saved many officers.. offer great protection at a small price.. are the clipboards in use in NC..
    1983rs
    February 20, 2013 1:13 p.m

    The clipboards are made of aluminum and are not bullet-proof or even bullet-resistent. I do not think any lives have been saved by them.

  • golorealist Feb 20, 1:49 p.m.

    "crewdog- great restraint? thats their job and should be SOP" - TheDude abides...

    you are correct. that is their job, and their job frequently takes great restraint.the two aren't mutually exclusive.

  • Seriously15. Feb 20, 1:45 p.m.

    He had a bad child hood,so her robs,stabs,renders people paralyzed in violent home invasions and shoots police officers....try another defense Brady. Your actions are unreal and you have ruined so many lives. You made these decisions, I hope you pay dearly for them. Thank you WRAL for giving such amazing coverage to Trooper Potts and all the law enforcement that came together this week. And hats off to Gov McCrory and Kieran Shanahan - true professionals that believe in their people.

  • UNCfuturealumi Feb 20, 1:34 p.m.

    Let Vermont feed him after he gets a few years in NC..

  • crustyhalo Feb 20, 1:23 p.m.

    Prayers for Mike !

  • 1983rs Feb 20, 1:13 p.m.

    many police forces use a large clipboard made of bullet proof when approaching stopped vehicles, these have saved many officers.. offer great protection at a small price.. are the clipboards in use in NC..

  • sap0953 Feb 20, 1:04 p.m.

    The shooter did it because he is an absconder not because of a seatbelt violation.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Feb 20, 12:50 p.m.

    crewdog- great restraint? thats their job and should be SOP
    TheDude abides...
    _____________________________

    It is their job and is SOP but it doesn't mean it doesn't take restraint. I have tough times biting my tongue at work sometimes while surrounded people who wouldn't shoot me in the face if given the chance. You can knock LEO brotherhood all you want but in today's times when so many people will bash them over anything that brotherhood is sometimes all they have to fall back on. Unless you're LEO (no, I'm not either) you have no idea what they go through daily. Same as they have little to no insight into your life. I do know they're not robots so they have to deal with or suppress natural thoughts and feelings just like anyone else

  • kbird Feb 20, 12:37 p.m.

    @sunday's child...probably not, he really wants to get his life in order so he needs another chance(eye roll).

  • nc1state Feb 20, 12:36 p.m.

    Crew Dog - Agree with you. Not sure how they did not take him behind the woodshed prior to booking him. He sure deserved it...

  • nc1state Feb 20, 12:35 p.m.

    Michael - Wishing you a speedy recovery. Thank you for your service and risk you take everyday to protect and serve us. I guess this just goes to show how many "crazy" people are on the road. Can't beleive this guy would do this over a simple seat belt violation. Stupid doesn't even begin to describe this guy.

  • marciamal1 Feb 20, 12:35 p.m.

    Great news to hear the trooper is doing well. It's shocking to hear of all the stories in the news these days involving young teens/adults - the mistakes they make and have made that really ruin the rest of their lives - I can't understand their way of thinking these days. He will have to spend the rest of his life in prison - how fun is that?

  • kimisufu Feb 20, 12:32 p.m.

    I wonder what brought Brady to NC.

  • TheDude abides... Feb 20, 12:31 p.m.

    crewdog- great restraint? thats their job and should be SOP

  • homefree Feb 20, 12:15 p.m.

    Glad to hear the trooper is doing well. Sounds like his training and level head saved his life. No way would I want to spend a day doing what these women and men do. Traffic stops are getting more frequent and it keeps getting more pressure from special interest groups to spend more money. We have so many other problems like probation officers and sheriff departments that are understaffed. I think reducing the traffic stops and focus on more important police business would help stop the criminals from running the streets. Don't really like the fact that we get quotes from a personal interest group's from a story that has nothing to do with them.

  • COLT45 Feb 20, 12:07 p.m.

    My hat is off to the SHP and other officers escorting this criminal to jail for showing great restraint in not causing serious bodily harm to befall him.

  • Bluestone 33 Feb 20, 11:52 a.m.

    The shooter change the color of his hair Monday night.

  • Sundays Child Feb 20, 11:33 a.m.

    NOW will they lock him up for good???

  • chattycat Feb 20, 11:09 a.m.

    Once he gets behind the iron gates at Central Prison i bet he cries like a little baby..What a coward to shoot at an Officer in the discharge of his duties..If any Judge in this state allows him to walk the streets ever again we need to run that Judge out of office forever. It is time for all of us to stand up against firearms violation by these known criminals..Let your elected officals know that we will not tolerate these criminals beeng set free with probation to walk our street and shoot our citizens. PEACE

    mrr03

    AGREE!

  • chattycat Feb 20, 11:08 a.m.

    Really chattycat cause last I saw, Assault with a Deadly Weapon didn't carry that much time. Unless you know something different. Why isn't he charged with Attempted Murder? dontprintthis

    Uh, guess you have not kept up at all with this dude's criminal history. You think that shooting a trooper 4 times is not going to get him additional charges and the fact he is wanted in Vt? 8million bond. Really, I don't think he will be out walking the streets tomorrow!

  • Uhavenoclu Feb 20, 11:02 a.m.

    You people think these kind of people are violent and sick. But reading your comments, y'all are theones who need help. You have the same mind mentallity as they do only tyou hide it behind a computer. What is the difference for y you would kill in an instsnt without getting the facts.

  • mrr03 Feb 20, 10:48 a.m.

    Once he gets behind the iron gates at Central Prison i bet he cries like a little baby..What a coward to shoot at an Officer in the discharge of his duties..If any Judge in this state allows him to walk the streets ever again we need to run that Judge out of office forever. It is time for all of us to stand up against firearms violation by these known criminals..Let your elected officals know that we will not tolerate these criminals beeng set free with probation to walk our street and shoot our citizens. PEACE

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Feb 20, 10:20 a.m.

    Unfortunately the vest wasn't going to be much help to him. He was shot in the hand, shoulder, and face. God was his protection.
    carolinagal78
    ___________________________________________

    Seriously? Doesn't sound like he was very protected at all to me. The vest was probably the only protection he had.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Feb 20, 10:11 a.m.

    For the most part, people committing violent crimes should just go ahead and be executed. Too many continue to commit violence once they are released. Give them one year to appeal and then shoot them, zap them, inject them - just rid society of them. Maybe others will learn a lesson in the process.

  • carolinagal78 Feb 20, 10:09 a.m.

    Unfortunately the vest wasn't going to be much help to him. He was shot in the hand, shoulder, and face. God was his protection.

  • RustyDawg Feb 20, 10:04 a.m.

    Poster boy for capital punishment. Wht was he on the streets to start with? Maybe we should be looking harder at our judges instead of trying to strip away the rights of law abiding citizens.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Feb 20, 9:55 a.m.

    I am glad this guy is off the streets, even if jsut for a while. I am curious where he got his weapon. And that is not meant for or against gun control, just want to know.

  • ncmickey Feb 20, 9:53 a.m.

    Was he wearing his vest?

  • zenonx6 Feb 20, 9:50 a.m.

    Burn his ,,,,, These youing people in this fgeneration know no bounds,,, It's only going to get worse with the enablesrs in control.

  • superflames Feb 20, 9:36 a.m.

    I am so thankful our trooper is OK, and deeply grateful for the work they do serving our community.

  • iknowmyschnitzel Feb 20, 9:22 a.m.

    Really chattycat cause last I saw, Assault with a Deadly Weapon didn't carry that much time. Unless you know something different. Why isn't he charged with Attempted Murder?

  • nic Feb 20, 9:19 a.m.

    Thank you to all our law enforcement for catching him so quickly and getting this career criminal off the streets

  • hpr641 Feb 20, 9:13 a.m.

    Never say never, Cat ... despite the laundry list of crimes he's been convicted of in his 23 years, he somehow got himself on the streets beginning in Oct. Glad to see Potts is gonna be alright (apparently). Don't know how they came to know he was at that apartment complex, but if it was due to someone noticing the cars they were looking for and calling police, I say: Well done!

  • chattycat Feb 20, 8:54 a.m.

    I do believe this will end his life of crime. He will no doubt never see the light of day again.

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