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Trooper struck by motorcycle after wounding driver

State Highway Patrol Trooper B. P. Daniel and a motorcyclist were hospitalized after an incident in Tyrrell County on June 2, SHP 1st Sgt. Michael Baker reported.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. on that date, the State Highway Patrol attempted to stop a motorcycle for a speeding violation on US 64.

The driver of the motorcycle failed to stop for the trooper, initiating a brief pursuit. After turning onto Travis School Road, a dead-end road, the trooper exited his patrol car and conducted a high-risk vehicle stop.

After Daniel issued several verbal commands to stop, the driver of the motorcycle traveled towards the trooper. Simultaneously, the trooper fired at the driver, hitting him just before being struck by the motorcycle.

As a result of the assault, Trooper Daniel was transported to Vidant Beaufort Hospital in Washington with minor injuries and was later released.

The driver of the motorcycle, Braden Nelson Bago, 19, of Fort Bragg, was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with non-life-threatening injuries.

After being released from the hospital, Bago was transported to the Pitt County Detention Center and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault causing physical injury to a law enforcement officer, and felony flee to elude arrest.

Bago was later transferred to the Dare County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond, Tyrrell Sheriff Darryl Liverman reported.

An internal and an independent SBI investigation is ongoing, as is protocol for all SHP involved shootings, 1st Sgt. Baker stated.

Daniel, a 16-year veteran with the Highway Patrol, is stationed in Washington County.