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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

Incident Date: 1/18/2005

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: 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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Mitch . . . I though of you today. For some reason couldn't get that goofy teenager at Ducky T's out of my mind. I did a search on you and found this page that still lets thoughts be shared. YOU were such a special person. Loved by so many. I am sure still missed with every day. I just wanted your loved ones to know that you were still crossing the mind of someone that never knew you as an adult, but will forever keep that image of you as my pesky sidekick during a summer at Long Beach. I wish so much that you could run next door and get me a chocloate shake from the grill . . . I thought about you today. And I thought about the man you became.


October 13, 2014


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