Trooper shoots rider before being hit in faceoff with motorcycle

By on June 5, 2018

A trooper trying to stop a motorcyclist for speeding shot and injured the rider before being run down during a chase Saturday in Tyrrell County.

The incident happened after the rider failed to stop for the trooper on U.S. 64 at about 2:15 p.m., a North Carolina State Highway Patrol statement said.

“After turning onto a dead end road, the trooper exited his patrol car and conducted a high-risk vehicle stop,” the statement said.

When ordered to stop, the rider steered the motorcyle toward the trooper, who fired just before being hit, the statement said. The trooper was taken to Vidant Beaufort Hospital with minor injuries and later released.

Braden Nelson Bago, 19, of Fort Bragg, was taken to Vidant Pitt Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the statement said.

After being released from the hospital, Bago was transported to the Pitt County Detention Center and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault causing physical injury to a law enforcement officer and felony flee to elude arrest.

An internal and an independent investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation is protocol for all trooper-involved shootings.

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