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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

Incident Date: 6/17/2008

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: 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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I had never met you
But I knew well, your family name
Tonight, I cried for you
And I didn't feel ashamed

I was on patrol that night
40 miles away
When came the awful news...
Trooper Down, I heard the radio say

I hit the Highway hard and fast
Not really knowing what to do...
In all the chaos over the radio
I heard "suspect 10-72 (in custody)

I stopped the car, at wounded knee bridge
My anger raged inside
I felt cold, I felt hot, I felt numb
As I sat there and cried...

I tried to make some sense of it
As I sat there all alone
Why you were taken from us?
Why now, were you gone?

It came to me in an instant
Like a flash of silver light
God must have needed a Trooper
To patrol the streets so bright

James G Jones Asst Police Chief
Bryson City Police
September 22, 2013

 

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