Wilmington, NC – A North Carolina man is facing federal charges for allegedly teaching a would-be cop-killer how to build and detonate explosives in order to murder law enforcement officers.
According to court documents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launched an investigation into a suspected extremist after receiving information that he was allegedly attempting to recruit and organize a militia group to “engage against the United States Government,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said in a press release on Monday.
When police tried to stop the suspect in New York on May 27, 2020, the suspect led them on a two-hour pursuit that ended in an exchange of gunfire.
The suspect was fatally shot during the incident.
Investigators searched his vehicle and located three improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
They also found additional IEDs and multiple firearms during a search of the suspect’s home, according to prosecutors.
Among the items located at the suspect house were Tackleberry Solutions instructional manuals written by 38-year-old Christopher Arthur.
What a terrible tragedy. Prayers for all involved.
Rutherford County, NC – North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP) Trooper John Horton died in the line of duty Monday night after being struck by his brother’s patrol vehicle during a traffic stop.
The fatal collision occurred shortly before 9 p.m. on Jan. 3 near the intersection of Goodes Grove Church Road and High Shoals Church Road southeast of Asheville, The Charlotte Observer reported.
Trooper John Horton, a 15-year NCHP veteran assigned to Rutherford County, had already detained the driver and was standing on the side of the road with him when his brother, NCHP Trooper James Horton, responded to the scene to assist him, according to WHNS.
As Trooper James Horton arrived at the stop, he lost control of his patrol vehicle and slammed into his brother’s parked cruiser.
“James Horton collided with the stationary patrol vehicle and subsequently struck Trooper John Horton and the detained driver who were standing along the roadside,” the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) said in a statement to The Charlotte Observer.
The detained driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trooper John Horton was rushed to a hospital in Spartanburg, where he succumbed to his injuries, The Charlotte Observer reported.
Charlotte, NC – A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was hospitalized Monday morning after being shot by a 14-year-old gunman, according to police.
The incident occurred as a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) officer was responding to a report of a multiple vehicle break-ins in the 6100-block of Winged Elm Court near the Woodland Estates Apartment Homes at approximately 7:20 a.m. on Dec. 27, WBTV reported.
Police said the caller also informed them that the suspect was seen pointing a gun at a resident, according to the news outlet.
Officers arrived at the scene and began chasing after the gunman, who then allegedly opened fire on them, WBTV reported.
One officer was shot in the upper body during the attack, according to police.
At least one officer returned fire before taking the shooter into custody, WBTV reported.
The suspect was not hit by their gunfire, according to police.
The unidentified wounded officer was rushed to Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center, where his injuries were determined to be non-life threatening, WCNC reported.
The officer was expected to be released from the hospital later on Monday, according to WSOC.
Police said the unnamed gunman is a 14-year-old male.
He has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer and robbery, WCNC reported.