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A man accused of shooting a state trooper in Elm City made his first court appearance Tuesday morning.
Thirty-six-year-old John David Jones stood before Wilson County District Court Judge John Britt as the charges were read aloud. Jones, clad in an orange jumpsuit, faces multiple charges after authorities say he shot Trooper Daniel C. Harrell Monday afternoon during a traffic stop.
Harrell, a third-generation state trooper, is at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. He sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries, officials have said.
“I spoke with Trooper Harrell last night and appreciate his service, his bravery and his dedication,” N.C. Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks said in a statement Tuesday morning. “On behalf of the DPS leadership team, I want him and his family to know that we support him and pray for his smooth and speedy recovery.”
State troopers filled up the first three rows of the courtroom Tuesday morning to show support for their colleague as well as observe the first appearances in the case.
Jones, who is currently under a $1,020,000 bond, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault inflicting serious injury on a law enforcement officer and felony speeding to elude an arrest. He faces other charges including breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering in connection to stolen tools, according to court proceedings.
Jones was captured around midnight after the N.C. Highway Patrol and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office special response teams found him in a wooded area off Cattail Road near Weaver Road southeast of Elm City, officials said.
Authorities say Jones shot Harrell around 5:15 p.m. during a traffic stop on Haynes Road east of Elm City.
Two other suspects were charged in connection with the case — 40-year-old William Allen Boswell of 5967 Bridgersville Road, Elm City, and 25-year-old Bryan Jeffrey Mullins of 6626 Finch Road, Bailey.
Boswell and Mullins, who are each charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, also made their first court appearances Tuesday morning.
Check back with The Wilson Times for more updates.