VIDEO: Man Pulls Replica Gun On Trooper; Trooper Responds With Real Bullets

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. J.M. Dorsey fired three rounds, wounding 20-year-old Darius Jaquan Rogers.

Johnston County, NC – A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper who shot a suspect who was reaching for a gun during a traffic stop in April was “legally justified” to use deadly force, the district attorney’s office has determined (video below).

“Officers must often make split-second decisions regarding their use of force,” Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle told The News and Observer. “Under the circumstances observed by Sergeant J.M. Dorsey, his use of force was both reasonable and warranted.”

The harrowing encounter occurred on April 4, after Sgt. Dorsey clocked a driver traveling 97 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone.

The trooper pursued the Nissan Maxima until the driver pulled over near Princeton a moment later.

But when Sgt. Dorsey approached the passenger side of the vehicle, he noticed that the driver, later identified as 20-year-old Darius Jaquan Rogers, “appeared unusually nervous and continued to stare at the glove compartment,” Doyle said in her report.

The sergeant spoke with Rogers for a moment, then asked him for his driver’s license, dashcam footage showed.

He also told Rogers that he watched him rifling through his console as he was pulling him over, and cautioned him about doing so in the future.

“Don’t ever be diggin’ around in the console next time you’re stopped by law enforcement,” he said. “We don’t know what you’re diggin’ around for.”

At one point during the stop, the trooper gave Rogers permission to open the glovebox, but the suspect seemed hesitant.

“What’s in there?” Sgt. Dorsey asked him.

Rogers admitted he had a gun tucked inside the compartment, so the trooper calmly asked him to shut off his vehicle and to come back towards his patrol car.

But despite multiple requests, Rogers failed to comply.

“Are you not gonna turn the car off?” Sgt. Dorsey asked him at one point. “I already got your license and know who you are, so don’t think of doing nothin’ stupid.”

Rogers suddenly lunged for the glovebox with both hands, and pulled out the gun, according to the district attorney’s report.

“Don’t do it!” Sgt. Dorsey ordered repeatedly, swiftly moving away from the window as he drew his sidearm.

He yelled at Rogers to “drop it” three times, then fired three rounds through the rear passenger window of Rogers’ vehicle, striking him in the back all three times, according to the report.

Sgt. Dorsey immediately radioed for medical personnel and additional officers to respond to the scene.

“I’m sorry,” Rogers told the first responders repeatedly. “I did something stupid.”

The suspect was rushed to WakeMed hospital for treatment of his wounds, and was released just less than a week later.

Investigators recovered a BB gun with “physical characteristics similar to a Glock with no orange tip” from inside Rogers’ vehicle, according to the district attorney’s report.

No charges have been filed against Rogers, WRAL reported.

Sgt. Dorsey, a 15-year veteran-of-the-force, has been on administrative duty pending the outcome of the district attorney’s investigation.

You can watch dashcam footage of Sgt. Dorsey’s encounter with Rogers in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

Comments (26)
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JBo
JBo

"...so don’t think of doing nothin’ stupid.”

Too late.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

You can NOT fix stupid, not even with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Yo, Darius mistake number1- driving 97 mph Mistake number 2- Bringing toy gun to real gun fight Mistake number 3- Just being a dumb mofo.🙄

Hunterriley
Hunterriley

Don't hold your breath... he'll scream racism and file a lawsuit soon

LunaMay
LunaMay

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

“I already got your license and know who you are, so don’t think of doing nothin’ stupid.”

Uh, hmm..he thinks about that for a moment .....ok, times up.

In prison they proceed to tattoo "DUMB SOB" on DJ forehead......and when he later looks in the mirror and reads it back aloud he says " Dumb summa bitch"? " How didat get dere?

njbud
njbud

No Charges - WTF

Fbc28277
Fbc28277

He is lucky to be alive. North Carolina State Troopers don't play. Anyone who challenges them is a fool or has a death wish. They are professional, fair and brave.

Wish505
Wish505

Stupidity is a generic disorder is a lot of people.

Marxest
Marxest

What an idiot. I'm actually shocked that he's still alive. The trooper did a hell of a good job. Criminals tend to not be all that bright.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

stooge819
stooge819

Notice these stories about replicas always mention the lack of an orange tip? So if this mook paints the tip of his real gun orange, am I gonna not shoot him and have a good laugh over beer with him later?

magnumforc
magnumforc

Very professional trooper and a righteous shoot.

NealZ
NealZ

well, bye

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

And that's how you do it, good job trooper.

sturnman22
sturnman22

Sgt. Dorsey needs a larger caliber pistol.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

My thoughts and prayers are with the Trooper, his familyand his law enforcement family as he goes "through the process." Regardless of how justified it is, it is still very hard on an officer to be second-guessed afterwards. (Monday-morning-quarterbacked if you will)

trafficmaze
trafficmaze

Live by the sword, Die by the sword. In his case a weapon, and a fake one at that too. Dumb a--!