Police have arrested three people in connection with the shooting of a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper yesterday.

The victim, Trooper Daniel C. Harrell, has serious injuries but is expected to survive.  He’s a five-year veteran of the department and a third generation trooper, who was sworn in on May 30, 2014.

36-year-old John David Jones was picked up just after midnight.  He was found in a wooded area off of Cattail Road near Weaver Road in Wilson, North Carolina and was taken to Wilson Medical Center with minor injuries. The Wilson County Sheriff says he’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault on a law enforcement officer, assault on a female, breaking or entering, and larceny after breaking/entering.

Two others had already been arrested.  40-year-old William Allen Boswell and 25-year-old Bryan Jeffrey Mullins are each being held on a $15,000 secure bond and are charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said it all went down on Hanes Road in Wilson County yesterday when the Trooper was conducting a traffic stop.  His cruiser, now part of the investigation, has 12 bullet holes in the windshield and front-end damage.

Shortly after, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office released this statement:

“We have received word that a State Trooper has been shot in Wilson County. Suspect is on the run. Trooper is being transported to the hospital with condition unknown. Praying for the trooper! Praying that 2019 gets better. We can’t stay on this path.”

The Fayetteville Police Department took to Twitter to share their support:

“We stand with the @NCSHP and they are in our thoughts and prayers as one of their own was shot this evening in Wilson County. Prayers for a complete recovery.”

We’ve just entered into our third full week of 2019, and already America has had seven police officers killed in the line of duty, not including an officer who was murdered on her way into work.

The Officer Down Memorial Page keeps a running list of deaths of police officers in the line of duty.  The page pointed out that while “officers throughout the country continue to remain vigilant to this type of unwarranted attack, unfortunately sometimes there is little that can be done to prevent such an incident.”

Chris Cosgriff, the Officer Down executive director and founder, shared with Fox News the disturbing trend starting off 2019.

“Felonious gunfire deaths are up 67 percent and vehicle-related incidents are also up 67 percent. All three of the traffic-related deaths involved officers being struck by vehicles while outside of their patrol cars.”

He added: “All three of these deaths could have been easily avoided had the offending drivers complied with their states’ move-over laws and no-texting-while-driving laws.”

Shreveport Police Officer Chateri Payne is the only cop not killed “in the line of duty” this year. Investigators said she was shot Wednesday night while preparing to head to work.  She will be buried on Saturday.

Police say they have not yet found the “coward, or cowards” who opened fire at her.