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


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: Sentenced to life

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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, 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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To my son, Shawn your murderer left the darkest hole in my life. I try my best everyday to go on with my life because that is what I know that you would want me to do. I go on because you would want me to take care of your brothers. I MISS you so much an life is so empty without you.

It will be 9 years an yet it seems like yesterday that you were taken from us. It hasn't gotten easier!!!!

I'm glad you are in a better place an have our "Little Man" Tye with you, even tho I wish he was still here with us, so I would still have a part of you with me.

Icould go on forever but I will stop

You an little Tye will always be in my heart.

Love you both,

Jeanell Youngbird
January 30, 2017


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