NC State Trooper shot in the line duty receives Purple Heart

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Trooper Michael Potts (center) received a Purple Heart on Tuesday for injuries sustained in the line of duty. (WTVD photo)

DURHAM, N.C. — A North Carolina State Trooper shot during the line of duty last year was given a high honor Tuesday, WTVD reports.

On Feb. 18, 2013, Trooper Michael Potts was shot four times by Mikel Edward Brady II during a traffic stop on U.S. 70 near Interstate 85. Despite sustaining wounds to each of his hands, his right shoulder and the right side of his face, he still managed to radio for help.

Brady was sentenced to 20 years in prison as part of a plea deal in January.

Nearly one year after the incident, Potts returned to work. On Tuesday, he received a standing ovation as he received a Purple Heart for the injuries he sustained in the line of duty.

Potts said he considered leaving the force following the shooting.

“It was a roller coaster ride there for a while for about six months,” Potts said. “I didn’t know if I could do this job anymore. Once the question was presented to me of where I stood with everything, I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror and say I was ready to leave.”

Potts now works at the Highway Patrol Training Center.

He now gets to wear a Purple Heart pin on his uniform and tells WTVD he will keep the actual award at home in a safe place.


  • JC364

    I’m glad he has recovered. As an ex-deputy I understand where he’s coming from when he questioned whether or not he wanted to come back after a life threatning situation. A traffic stop is one of the most dangerous things an officer will ever do. You can do a thousand of them with no problems and then the next one you are fighting for your life. If the person in thae car decides he wants to shoot you there is actually very little defense to protect yourself.

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