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Trooper shot in Durham; gunman, vehicle sought

Posted February 18, 2013

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— Authorities were searching Monday evening for a black Nissan Altima and its driver, who police believe shot a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper on U.S. Highway 70 in Durham.

The newer model Altima has 30-day North Carolina tags, and the driver was described as a white male in his 20s with blond hair and a short, military-style haircut.

Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Gordon said the trooper stopped the Altima on U.S. 70. When the trooper got out of his patrol car, he was struck with gunfire.

The shooter took off, heading west on U.S. 70.

The reason for the traffic stop was not released, but Gordon described it as routine.

All westbound lanes of the U.S. 70 are closed near Cheek Road while authorities are at the scene. Interstate 85 is also shut down in that area.

The trooper was taken to Duke University Hospital. His condition was not available.

It also wasn't clear how many times he was shot.

Anyone who sees the gunman or his vehicle is asked to dial *HP or 911.

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  • heelsgirl05 Feb 18, 7:58 p.m.

    Dnut, He was probably pulled for speeding and may have a record and didnt want to get caught so he thought that shooting the trooper was the best option. TOTALLY NOT, but in his twisted mind, it was.

  • johnny2times Feb 18, 7:56 p.m.

    this area is a speed trap. people constantly go 65-70 and its a 55 mph zone.

    heelsgirl05
    February 18, 2013 7:47 p.m.

    This is what you get from this story? Wow...

  • johnny2times Feb 18, 7:55 p.m.

    Get well soon Trooper!

  • Uhavenoclu Feb 18, 7:54 p.m.

    Black nissan altima in Durham,hmmm,shouldn;t be that hard to find....

  • Fuquay Resident Feb 18, 7:54 p.m.

    kellypsnll, the tags probably don't even belong on the car. He probably stole the car and stole the tags off another car.

    heelsgirl05, a "speed trap" is an area where LEOs set and wait for a car to speed by and the write them a ticket. Not an area where people speed through.

  • Dnut Feb 18, 7:52 p.m.

    this area is a speed trap. people constantly go 65-70 and its a 55 mph zone.
    heelsgirl05
    >>>>>>>Got ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with using a firearm on a State Trooper! When I was a kid in North Carolina, they we're the toughest guys on the block. You didn't think twice about saying Yes Sir to them, and you certainly didn't do anything like this! Praying for a speedy recover for him, and capture for the crook!!

  • Steven Feb 18, 7:51 p.m.

    Wonder if this has anything to do with the troopers blowing by on I-40 just a few minutes ago. There are a bunch waiting on the side of the Interstate in both directions too.

  • IBleedRedandWhite Feb 18, 7:50 p.m.

    Praying for the trooper's quick and full recovery! Hope they catch the person who did this!

  • DukeFan23 Feb 18, 7:49 p.m.

    Unfortunately the State of North Carolina makes it hard for Police trying to do their job by handing out these 30 day tags that cannot be run to see who it belongs to. Maybe something will finally make them change their mind so that Officer's can do their job better and be more safe.

  • kellypsnll Feb 18, 7:46 p.m.

    Should be pretty easy to look up in the data base the number of people registering a Nissan altima in the last couple months. Hope the trooper will recover fully.

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