He was trying to pull over someone who blew a stoplight. Now a North Carolina trooper will instead spend the rest of his life paralyzed from the neck down.
Police say 36-year-old Dontay Kilgo refused to stop when Trooper Christopher L. Wooten tried to pull him over on Monday.
Wooten gave chase to Kilgo, who then ran a stoplight.
A pickup truck slammed into Wooten’s motorcycle, seriously injuring the trooper at around 9:30 a.m. The collision happened at the intersection of Tuckaseegee Road and Edgewood Drive.
#BREAKING: Tuckaseegee Rd. is CLOSED in a stretch between Edgewood Rd. & Ashley Rd. due to a serious crash involving Hwy Patrol. We are live with updates now on @wsoctv #cltraffic #clttraffic #clt pic.twitter.com/3Yqqm0CVCC
— Traffic Team 9 (@TrafficTeam9) July 22, 2019
On Friday, highway patrol wrote:
“Unfortunately, after the performance of several medical procedures, which included surgery to fuse and decompress his C1-C5 vertebrae and stabilize the spinal column, it was determined that Chris suffered significant spinal cord trauma during the crash. At the moment, the surgeons are classifying the injury as a complete spinal cord injury at the top of the spine, which is resulting in paralysis from the neck down.”
Kilgo, who was later found and arrested, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, felony flee to elude, reckless driving, failure to heed to blue lights, driving while license revoked and possession of marijuana.
CMPD Officers swarming near Camp Greene St and Marlowe Ave.
“We’re still looking for him.” Says a SWAT officer to @WCNC.
It’s believed to be related to the NC Trooper hurt nearby. pic.twitter.com/LP5QuD61Un
— Mike Hanson (@MikeWCNC) July 22, 2019
You can read NCSHP’s entire post below:
Over the past four days, updates have been disseminated regarding the status of Trooper Wooten, to ensure each of you are aware of his latest prognosis. While we all have joined together in praying for a speedy recovery, I deliver this message with a very heavy heart.
Doctors have been monitoring Chris’ recovery around the clock while providing the best medical care and attention for his condition. Unfortunately, after the performance of several medical procedures, which included surgery to fuse and decompress his C1-C5 vertebrae and stabilize the spinal column, it was determined that Chris suffered significant spinal cord trauma during the crash. At the moment, the surgeons are classifying the injury as a complete spinal cord injury at the top of the spine, which is resulting in paralysis from the neck down.
On Wednesday, Chris had surgery for a tracheostomy and a feeding tube, which also went well and will hopefully lead to better communication down the road. In the coming weeks, Chris will begin rehabilitation in preparation to return home. Ultimately, Chris and his family have a long road of recovery ahead and they are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of love and support.
Chris’ beloved wife, Sharon, and the entire Wooten family have requested I express their heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming amount of support offered by our Patrol members both sworn and civilian. Personally, I am so proud to see how so many have put themselves aside while aiding Chris and his family in such time of enormous need.
To assist the Wooten family, an account under Christopher and Sharon Wooten Special Account has been established at the NC State Employees Credit Union. Those wishing to make a donation can do so by visiting any NCSECU branch. Your continuous support is appreciated.
My prayer is that God continues to provide comfort to Chris, the Wooten family and to every member of this amazing organization. We must continue to stand together to overcome the adversity we all share due to Chris’ absence. May God continue to bless Chris, Sharon, their daughters, Kylee and Madison, and the entire Patrol family during this difficult time.
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In the meantime, two State Bureau of Investigation agents in Dunn, North Carolina were injured, one critically, during a blast overnight into Friday. The incident occurred as SBI agents served a search warrant, looking for explosives.
The suspect responsible, Jimmy Tyndall, was being held Friday on multiple charges, including three counts of possession of weapon of mass destruction, misdemeanor larceny, speeding, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamines. He is being held on a bond of $151,000 at the Sampson County jail.
In a bit of ominous foreshadowing, Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said at a news conference that Tyndall was originally stopped by deputies a day earlier for speeding in Spivey’s Corner. A K9 dog smelled narcotics and officers searched the man’s vehicle. The vehicle search led investigators to the man’s home on JV Farm Road in Dunn off of U.S. Highway 13, where two pipe bombs and a large amount of bomb making materials were found.
During the previous day’s vehicle search, at least three pipe bombs were found, and they were detonated at the scene, Thornton said.
The SBI agents were members of the agency’s bomb squad, and they were hurt when the chemicals at the man’s house ignited.
After the blast, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Luper and Special Agent Brian Joy were rushed to area hospitals for medical treatment.
While both agents were sent to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, Special Agent Joyd was in critical condition, according to the SBI. Luper was listed in stable condition.
“It was a heckuva boom,” Thorton said. “It was a powerful blast.”
Thornton said they don’t believe the suspect was plotting anything nefarious.
“I doubt if his intention was to blow anyone up,” the sheriff said. “I think it was just one of those things he got off on.”
Tyndall was also stopped last year and found with a pipe bomb. His girlfriend was in the vehicle with him and claimed ownership of the explosive. She was arrested and charged in connection with that stop.