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Trooper David Shawn Blanton, Jr. | North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

Trooper

David Shawn Blanton, Jr.

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 2 years

Badge # G-540

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Convicted of first degree murder

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Trooper David Blanton was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on I-40 near Canton, North Carolina. A struggle ensued during the stop and he was fatally shot.

The suspect took Trooper Blanton's service weapon and fled the scene. He was apprehended a short time later by deputies from the Haywood County Sheriff's Office and officers from the Canton Police Department. He was subsequently charged with capital murder. The suspect was convicted of first degree murder on October 14, 2010 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Trooper Blanton had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for 2 years and had previously served as a dispatcher for the Cherokee Tribal Police Department. Trooper Blanton was the first enrolled member of the eastern band of the Cherokee Tribe to be a North Carolina Trooper, and he served with Troop "G", District 5 in Waynesville. The North Carolina Department of Transportation named a bridge on Interstate 40 near Canton, NC in honor of Trooper Blanton. He is survived by his wife and 2-week-old son, and his mother.

Trooper Blanton's son, Tye, passed away in October 2008 at the age of 4 months.

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Im so glad that I can remember you for your dedication to law enforcement,your my inspiration of what law enforcement is an should be. Thank you trooper Blanton for your service , I think of you all the time ,Im sure we will all miss you forever. Danger is always there , but it never ceases to amaze me that the heroism you had an I think I have the same because of you.

Deputy E. Cummings
Robeson County Sheriff's Office
July 10, 2015

 

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