Authorities: Trooper shot armed man during traffic stop in Johnston County

April 5, 2019

A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper shot an armed 20-year-old man during a traffic stop in Johnston County on Thursday afternoon.

The shooting happened at about 1 p.m. near the area of U.S. Highway 70 and Dr. Donnie H Jones Jr. Boulevard in Princeton.

According to First Sgt. Michael Baker with the Highway Patrol, Sgt. J.M. Dorsey, a 15-year veteran, attempted to stop a Nissan passenger car, driven by Darius Jayquan Rogers, for traveling 96 in a 55-mph zone. During the stop, an altercation ensued between the trooper and Rogers, who was armed with a handgun. As a result, the trooper shot him.

“The trooper that’s involved in this specific incident, I know him personally. He’s very well known around this community and we’re just very thankful he was not injured,” Baker said. “It’s just another reminder of the perils law enforcement faces each day and the perils of this job.”

Authorities on scene immediately began life-saving procedures until emergency medical staff arrived.

Neighbors who live nearby said they heard three gunshots.

“Then, I happened to see the four patrol cars, blue lights, guns drawn and I just went back in the house...I wanted to stay clear of anything the might happen,” said George Griswold.

Griswold said he had never seen anything like this happen in the area.

“We’ve had a few things happen but it’s not been too bad. Nobody wants to see people shooting at each other anywhere. It’s really, really sad that it has to end that way,” he said.

Christina Carroll arrived for work at a nearby convenience store shortly after the shooting.

“The car was sitting there and there was like five or 10 state troopers and some unmarked cars, and they kept on coming,” she said.

Sky 5 was live over the scene where multiple law enforcement officers were investigating. As a result, all lanes of U.S. 70 were closed for hours.

The Princeton Police Department and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office are assisting in the investigation.

Rogers was taken to WakeMed, where he was listed in serious condition.

Rogers was the only occupant within the Nissan and no other suspects are being sought.

Dorsey was not injured and has been placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation which is agency protocol in any trooper-involved shooting.