Clayton man released from hospital after being shot by trooper

Johnston County News
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The 20-year-old Clayton man who was shot by a state trooper during an altercation near Princeton last week has been released from the hospital. 

Darius Jayquan Rogers suffered serious injuries when he was shot by Sgt. J. M. Dorsey during a traffic stop around 1 p.m. on Highway 70 outside Princeton on April 5, the Highway Patrol said. 

Dorsey stopped a Rogers after he was observed traveling at 96 mph in a 55 mph zone, the Highway Patrol said. 

“It was simply a speed enforcement investigation. I don’t think the trooper had other reason than the fact that he was driving at such a high rate of speed,” said Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Michael Baker.

Baker said there was not a chase and that Rogers stopped right away.

An “altercation ensued” between the Dorsey and Rogers. However, Baker said he could not go into detail about what exactly caused the traffic stop to escalate.

Rogers was armed with a handgun, the Highway Patrol said. 

Dorsey shot him during the altercation.

“Authorities on scene immediately began life-saving procedures until emergency medical staff arrived,” the Highway Patrol said. 

Dorsey was not injured. 

Rogers is based in Wayne County, Johnston County officials said. He is a 15-year veteran of the NCSHP.

“He’s very well known around this community. We’re very thankful he was not injured. It’s just another reminder to the perils that law enforcement faces each day in the seriousness of this job,” Baker said.

Darius Rogers’ brother-in-law said the 20-year-old is a “really good kid” who has never been in trouble before. 

CBS 17 looked into Rogers’ record and found no previous criminal charges or driving violations.

Rogers’ enrolled in technical college after graduating from Cleveland High School and planned to join the military, according to his brother-in-law.

He said he has no idea why Rogers would have a gun and didn’t think he owned one.

Further information on Rogers’ injuries was not released. 

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