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Police Officer James Mitchell Prince | Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department, North Carolina Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer

James Mitchell Prince

Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 1180

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Police Officer Mitch Prince was shot and killed with his own service weapon after making a traffic stop on N.C. 87, at approximately 1:00 am.

During the stop, Officer Prince learned that the suspect was wanted on a probation violation in a neighboring county.

As Officer Prince attempted to arrest the suspect, a struggle ensued. The suspect was able to gain control of the officer's service weapon and shot him three times. Officer Prince was found a short time later by a Southport Police Department officer who had responded to the scene as backup. The suspect later shot at Caswell Beach Police Department and Oak Island Police Department officers who spotted his vehicle. The man was arrested a short time later hiding under a mobile home.

Coincidentally, the county's grand jury was meeting on the day that Officer Prince was murdered. The grand jury indicted the suspect on murder and 10 other felonies within 13 hours of Officer Prince's murder. The suspect was convicted of capital murder and subsequently sentenced to death.

Officer Prince served as a part-time officer for the 8-person department. He had previously served with the Yaupon Beach Police Department, Oak Island Police Department, and Shallotte Police Department for a total of six years. He is survived by his wife, two small children, and parents.

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Mitchell Prince,
I never had the honor of meeting you, but I think about you often. I hear stories about you from your mama and daddy. You would be proud of your son Kyle today, he's an AMAZING man who has stolen my heart. We're hoping to be married soon, and will honor you at the wedding. I wish I would have been able to meet the father who raised the man of my dreams but I know we will meet some day. Your family has welcomed me into their hearts with open arms and I couldn't be more thankful. Please watch over Kyle and I as we go through life, and I promise to always keep you and your memory alive in our home. We've decided that our first born son will carry on your name. James Mitchell Prince II. We will always think of you and promise to make you proud.

With much love,
Anna

Anna Hedges
Girlfriend of Officer Prince's son
April 25, 2015

 

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