Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 2 years
Badge # B-157
Cause: Vehicle pursuit
Weapon: Not available
Offender: Sentenced to 29 months
Trooper John Duncan was killed in an automobile accident while assisting another trooper in a vehicle pursuit.
The other trooper had made a traffic stop and had asked the driver of the vehicle for permission to search it. Trooper Duncan arrived on the scene to assist when the suspect began struggling with the troopers. The suspect was able to return to his vehicle and drive away, with both troopers following.
During the pursuit, Trooper Duncan lost control of his patrol car, crossed the center lane, and struck a group of trees. On impact the patrol car caught fire and exploded. The suspect was arrested and charged with several traffic and criminal charges in connection with the incident. On July 18th, 2002, the suspect pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 29 months in prison. He was paroled September 26th, 2003. In May 2016 the man was shot and killed in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Trooper Duncan had been a member of the North Carolina Highway Patrol for two years, and was assigned to Trooper B in Cumberland County. He is survived by his wife and three young children.