PRINCETON — A trooper-involved shooting left the driver of a vehicle seriously injured during a traffic stop Thursday in Johnston County.
Sgt. Michael Dorsey observed a person in a tan Nissan driving 96 mph in a 55-mph zone on U.S. 70 West around 1 p.m., said First Sgt. Michael Baker, public information officer for the Highway Patrol. Dorsey pulled over Darius Jayquan Rogers, 20, of Clayton, near Edwards Road, according to a statement released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
During the traffic stop, Dorsey and Rogers, who was armed with a handgun, got into an “altercation,” Baker said. Baker could not say how Dorsey became aware that the driver of the vehicle had a gun.
Dorsey shot the driver of the vehicle during the altercation, Baker said. Law enforcement on scene immediately performed lifesaving procedures until emergency medical responders arrived, he said.
The driver was flown to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh and is in serious condition, Baker said. Dorsey was not injured during the incident, and no passengers were in the vehicle.
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, Baker said. The N.C. Highway Patrol also opened a separate, internal investigation into the shooting. Both investigations are standard procedures during trooper-involved shootings.
Dorsey was placed on administrative duty for the duration of the internal investigation, which is standard procedure, according to the statement. Dorsey is stationed at Troop C, District 2, which is in Wayne County.
A section of U.S. 70 West was blocked off during the investigation for more than three hours Thursday afternoon at intersections on Edwards Road and Old Cornwallis Road.