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06-18-08, 01:40 AM #1
NC State Trooper Shot and Killed
State Trooper killed
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A state trooper has died after he was shot while conducting a traffic stop in Western North Carolina on Interstate 40 late Tuesday.
The identity of the trooper had not been released early Wednesday. State Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Everett Clendenin said the trooper was conducting a traffic stop Haywood County in the eastbound lanes of I-40 near exit 31 at 10:20 p.m. on Tuesday.
A passerby stopped to help and called for assistance. The trooper was transported to Mission Hospital in Asheville and later died. Haywood County Sheriff’s Department has a suspect in custody, Clendenin said. No further information was available early Wednesday.The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
06-18-08, 01:42 AM #2
Thoughts and prayers en-routeMolly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.
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06-18-08, 01:46 AM #3
"I used to care
but now I take a pill for that"
06-18-08, 02:01 AM #4
RIP & many prayers to family and friends.The true measure of your character is what you choose to do when you think no one is looking.
06-18-08, 02:28 AM #5
My thoughts and prayer to the family.Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.
06-18-08, 08:09 AM #6
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I know some of those Troopers a good bunch of folks, what a damn shame.
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06-18-08, 08:59 AM #8
Thoughts and prayers for our fallen brother, and of course to the family............Swamp Mafia
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06-18-08, 10:13 AM #9
06-18-08, 10:13 AM #10
RIPCalm Like A Bomb...
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06-18-08, 10:16 AM #11
Rest in Peace, brother.
06-18-08, 11:01 AM #12
RIP Trooper! May God bless you as you now serve with St Michael to watch over your brethren; and, may He give comfort to your family in their hours of grief.
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06-18-08, 12:17 PM #13
RIP.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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06-18-08, 05:33 PM #14
Condolences to his Familly and Friends, May he Rest in Peace
06-18-08, 05:42 PM #15
CANTON, N.C. - A 24-year-old N.C. Highway Patrol trooper who became a father for the first time two weeks ago was shot and killed Tuesday night while making a traffic stop on Interstate 40 west of Asheville.
A Florida man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested a short time after the shooting and faces murder charges.
The victim has been identified as David Blanton Jr., who joined the Highway Patrol in May 2006. Officials say he is the first N.C. Highway Patrol trooper to be killed in the line of duty in 11 years.
Lt. Everett Clendenin, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said Blanton was killed after stopping a vehicle in the eastbound lane of I-40 about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday. It happened near the city of Pisgah, in Haywood County.
Clendenin said Blanton had stopped a vehicle that was towing a car. Blanton got the driver out of the vehicle, but an altercation ensued. During that altercation, Clendenin said, Blanton was shot twice.
It is not clear whether the suspect used the trooper's gun or another weapon.
Police say the suspect lingered at the scene for a few minutes, apparently looking for something in the trooper's vehicle. A witness called 911 and reported that the trooper had been shot.
Police say the suspect drove east a short distance on I-40, then got off at exit 31, turning left on N.C. 215. Law enforcement personnel from the Highway Patrol, the Haywood County Sheriff's Office, and the Canton Police Department responded.
Canton police spotted the vehicle a short distance from I-40, off Newfound Road, and took the suspect into custody.
Clendenin said Edwardo Wong II, of Ormond Beach, Fla., has been arrested and charged with Blanton's murder. Police found narcotics and weapons in Wong's car, Clendenin said. The suspect is being held in jail in Waynesville today.
Police say Wong has a long criminal record that includes felony assault on a law enforcement officer, drug violations, and possession of a firearm.
Blanton was from the town of Sylva and graduated from Smoky Mountain High School in 2002. He was married and had one child, Clendenin said. Blanton is the 59th trooper to die in duty since the N.C. Highway Patrol was formed in 1929.
06-18-08, 05:53 PM #16
That is so tragichttp://www.allpoetry.com/Grunts%20Girl
We dallied under
Vine maples and sapling alders
Searched for lady slippers
Found blackberry riots and
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His cyanotic eyes
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Tender enough to attract me
To his world of illusion
06-18-08, 09:22 PM #17
Terrible news..only 24 years old RIP brother"Contrary to popular belief, you will not rise to the occasion, but will fall to the level of your training"
06-18-08, 09:37 PM #18
My condolences to his family, friends and co-workers.
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06-18-08, 11:18 PM #19
Sincerest sympathies sent to the Trooper's friends and family.
May he R.I.P.
06-18-08, 11:22 PM #20
RIP my Brother
My thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and the NCHP.
I believe is the second officer in NC that hs been killed in the last week or two."An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
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