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Third man arrested in shooting of Sanford officer

Posted December 24, 2009

— Sanford police arrested a third man Wednesday in the shooting of a fellow officer.

Officer Scott Norton was shot at least four times Sunday while he and a partner were on surveillance duty at the Thornwood Village mobile home park, Police Capt. David Smith said.

Andrel Shauntez Douglas, 23, of 36 Happy Lane in Sanford, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

He was being held in the Lee County Jail on $900,000 bond.

Breon Montrell Black, 21, of 2518 Dalrymple St. in Sanford, and Thomas Harold Mitchell II, 16, of 1800 Marks Road in Cameron, were arrested Monday on the same charges. A judge set Black's bond at $960,000 and Mitchell's at $860,000.

Smith said Norton and his partner were watching four people they believe were acting suspiciously. When the officers tried to confront the men, one or two of the suspects opened fire, Smith said.

Norton was out of the hospital Thursday and is expected to make a full recovery, Smith said. He credited Norton's bulletproof vest for helping save his life.

Norton is on the Sanford Police Department's SWAT team and has been with the force for 5 years. He is married and has children.


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  • Bartmeister Dec 28, 2009

    They all look alike to me...................... What? Criminals that is.

    Surprised? If I woke up tomorrow morning with my head sewn to the carpet, then I would be surprised...................... but not at this or the involved.

  • Eastern N.C. Native Dec 24, 2009

    Shooting at the police... Wow... This is happening a lot lately! Glad to hear the LEO is going to make a full recovery and these substandard humans are going to be put away.

  • Eastern N.C. Native Dec 24, 2009

    Anyone surprised?

  • working for deadbeats Dec 24, 2009

    What do you mean "this part"? Why are you shocked? If you did what I do for work..you'd see that it's just normal. Parents? Ha Ha!!

  • Just the facts mam Dec 24, 2009

    Why are these people not raising their children to be successful contributing citizens? What is wrong with this part of society?