Dustin Canter Of High Point Shot By Trooper Hal Robertson In Cherokee County During Roadside Altercation

1:31 PM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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Raleigh, NC -- A High Point man is recovering at a hospital in Tennessee after he was shot Monday morning by a NC State Highway Patrol Trooper.

According to Highway Patrol, around 7:55 am Trooper H. S. Robertson responded a call of a suspicious person sitting in a parked vehicle on the shoulder of US 64 West. The car was just east of the Tennessee state line in Cherokee County.

When Trooper Robertson attempted to speak with the person in the car, the man allegedly turned and charged toward the officer in an aggressive manner. A physical confrontation ensued which resulted in the Trooper discharging his firearm at the suspect.

The suspect, identified as 25-year-old  Dustin L. Canter of High Point, was struck. Canter was taken into custody and transported to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN.

"This type incident is a reminder of the serious and dangerous situations our troopers face every single day," Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan said in a news release. "We are grateful that Trooper Robertson sustained only minor injuries."

Tuesday, warrants were filed by the Highway Patrol against Canter for Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer Inflicting Serious Injury.

He remains in the hospital, his condition has not been released.

Trooper Robertson is a 12-year veteran assigned to the Troop G District 6 patrol office located in Cherokee County. Trooper Robertson will be placed on Administrative Duty pending an investigation which is standard operating procedure in Trooper involved shootings.

The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is the lead investigating agency into this incident.

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