High Point man shot by trooper
A High Point man has been shot after allegedly assaulting a N.C. State Highway Patrol trooper.
Dustin L. Canter, 25, was shot Monday morning in Cherokee County and currently is at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., according to a press release from the Highway Patrol.
According to Highway Patrol, Robertson responded to a call of a suspicious person sitting a parked vehicle on the shoulder of U.S. 64 west, five miles east of the Tennessee state line. When Robertson attempted to speak with Canter, a physical confrontation ensued, which resulted in Robertson discharging his gun.
Canter was taken into custody and Robertson received only minor injuries from the assault. The Highway Patrol reports that Canter was taken to Erlanger Medical Center but when the Enterprise called the hospital Tuesday afternoon, Canter was not listed as a patient.
“I do not know his (Canter) condition at this time,” said 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon. “Trooper Robertson is doing well considering the circumstances. We do not know why he (Canter) was so aggressive, and that may be released in the investigation. He (Robertson) pulled up and was trying to have a conversation with Canter and as a result, the trooper discharged his weapon.”
Robertson, a 12-year-veteran, was placed on administrative duty pending a standard operating procedure investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation. Warrants have been filed by the Highway Patrol against Canter for assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury but have not yet been served.
The incident comes on the heels of another attack on state police that has garnered national attention.
On Thursday, a Virginia state police Master Trooper Junius A. Walkers was shot and killed on Interstate 85 in Virginia after checking on a car and its driver, just 40 miles south of Richmond. His funeral was Tuesday.
“Every year we have law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. There is really no rhyme or reason as to why and how things happen, but law enforcement as a whole is a dangerous job, and unfortunately you are going to find yourself in a life-or-death situation,” Gordon said. “When you work some of the major interstates, you have a lot of people coming from different locations and when you stop vehicles, you never know who you’re stopping. They may be fleeing from an issue or coming from a crime. There’s no telling.”
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