On Thursday, April 04 at approximately 1:00 p.m., the State Highway Patrol stopped a Nissan passenger vehicle for traveling 96 mph in a 55 mph zone on US 70 near Edwards Rd in Johnston County.
During the course of the traffic stop, an altercation ensued with the driver of the Nissan, who was armed with a handgun. As a result, the driver was shot by the trooper. Authorities on scene immediately began life-saving procedures until emergency medical staff arrived. The driver was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The trooper was not injured during the altercation. The driver was the only occupant within the Nissan and no other suspects are being sought.
The State Highway Patrol has requested the State Bureau of Investigation to investigate, along with their own separate internal investigation, which is protocol in all trooper-involved shootings.
Authorities have identified Darius Jayquan Rogers, 20, of Clayton as the suspect in today’s shooting involving a state trooper. Mr. Rogers was transported to Wake Medical Center as a result of the incident where he is listed in serious condition.
Sgt. J. M. Dorsey, a 15-year veteran stationed in Troop C, District 2 (Wayne County) attempted to stop Mr. Rogers for speeding. Dorsey has been placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation which is agency protocol in any trooper-involved shooting.