Trooper John Sumter Horton

Trooper John Sumter Horton

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, January 3, 2022

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John Sumter Horton

Trooper John Horton was struck and killed by a patrol car while conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of High Shoals Church Road and Goodes Grove Church Road in Mooresboro at about 9:00 pm.

Trooper Horton had detained the driver of the vehicle and was standing on the shoulder of the roadway with the subject. Another trooper arriving on the scene to back him up lost control of his patrol car and collided with Trooper Horton's patrol car, which was then pushed into Trooper Horton and the detained subject. The detained subject died at the scene, and Trooper Horton died after being transported to a hospital in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The area the crash occurred in had experienced snow and sleet throughout the day.

Trooper Horton had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, six children, parents, sister, and two brothers.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge G-236

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

traffic stop

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Father, we ask thy Blessing on the eternal soul of this thy servant Trooper John S, Horton. Bless his family, care for them, ease their sorrow. This we ask in thy Holy name, Amen.

George E. Martin, Sr.

October 20, 2022

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