Trooper shoots, wounds suspect in Johnston County

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PRINCETON — Authorities say a state trooper shot and injured an armed driver during a Thursday afternoon traffic stop.

The shooting happened around 1 p.m. after Sgt. J.M. Dorsey pulled over a silver Nissan traveling 96 mph in a 55 mph zone on U.S. 70 West near Princeton.

N.C. Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mike Baker said Dorsey saw that the driver, 20-year-old Darius Jayquan Rogers of Clayton, was armed and that Dorsey discharged his weapon during a confrontation.

Medics took Rogers to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, where he was listed in serious condition Thursday.

“We don’t know what we’ll (encounter) when we hit the road,” said Baker. “Fortunately, the trooper wasn’t injured.”

Dorsey is a 15-year veteran of the Highway Patrol stationed at the Troop C, District 2 office in Wayne County. He has been placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation, which is agency protocol in any trooper-involved shooting.

The State Bureau of Investigation is also probing the incident, which is standard protocol. The SBI said no additional information was available Thursday.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and the Princeton Police Department assisted state troopers at the scene.