High Point man faces charges in connection with trooper-involved shooting

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A High Point man faces charges in connection with a trooper-involved shooting in Cherokee County on Monday.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Dustin L. Carter, 25, of High Point, faces charges that include assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury.

Officials say Trooper H. S. Robertson shot Carter in far western Cherokee County following a physical confrontation.

The state Department of Public Safety said the incident happened around 8 a.m. Monday after Trooper H. S. Robertson responded to a report of a suspicious person in a parked vehicle alongside U.S. Highway 64 about five miles east of the Tennessee state line.

The agency says when Robertson approached to speak with Carter, he charged at the trooper and the two men grappled. Robertson fired.

Warrants have been filed. Carter is currently at Erlanger Medical Center, Chattanooga, TN.

His condition is unknown at this time.

Robertson suffered minor injuries.

“This type incident is a reminder of the serious and dangerous situations our troopers face every single day,” Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan said. “We are grateful that Trooper Robertson sustained only minor injuries.”

Trooper Robertson is a 12-year veteran assigned to the Troop G District 6 patrol office located in Cherokee County. He will be placed on Administrative Duty pending an investigation which is standard operating procedure in trooper-involved shootings.