A Vermont woman is now facing criminal charges alongside her fugitive boyfriend in connection with the shooting of a North Carolina state trooper.
Mikel Brady, 23, allegedly opened fire Monday night on a North Carolina state trooper who pulled him over for not wearing a seat belt. The trooper was shot four times-- in the face, hands and shoulder. Officials say it's a miracle he's alive.
Brady is being held at the Durham County jail on $8 million bond. He's charged with assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill. Authorities say Brady shot Trooper Michael Potts at extraordinarily close range, and then sped off. The trooper is listed in stable but fair condition.
Brady said nothing during his court appearance. And he didn't have any friends or family there to see him. Brady was assigned a public defender and is scheduled to enter a plea March 13.
Wednesday, North Carolina officials released a 911 call from a driver who witnessed the shooting.
Dispatcher: Tell me exactly what happened.
Caller: An officer pulled over a black Nissan Altima and he went up to the window. I was driving by as the officer went to the window. The officer took a glance to the road and turned his head back and there were a few shots fired and the officer hit the ground.
Dispatcher: Sir, is there more than one wound?
Caller: Yes, definitely more than one wound. There's several officers on the scene now.
Late Wednesday afternoon, North Carolina authorities also arrested Brady's girlfriend, Lyndsey Smith, 21. She, too, is from Vermont. Authorities say Smith is six to seven months pregnant. The couple was living at a Raleigh apartment complex. Smith is charged with accessory fact the fact.
Brady has a lengthy criminal record here in Vermont for offenses including burglaries, dynamite theft and a violent home invasion. He was released from prison in June and fled the state four months later.
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