Horror: State Trooper accidentally hits and kills his brother, who is also a State Trooper


MOORESBORO, NC – Two brothers worked together in the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and were on duty on January 3rd when tragedy struck.

One brother, on his way to back up the other, lost control of his police vehicle, striking and killing his brother.

Words cannot possibly express the grief, anguish, and guilt for North Carolina State Trooper James Horton who responded to the area of High Shoals Church Road and Goodes Grove Church Road to back up his brother, fellow Trooper John Horton.

John was apparently on a traffic stop in the area and had the driver, identified as Dusty Luke Beck, outside of his vehicle on the side of the road.

At some point, while James was responding, he somehow lost control of his police vehicle and collided with both James and Beck.

Beck was instantly killed in the crash while John was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment where he succumbed to his injuries.

James was also transported to a nearby hospital for injuries he sustained during the crash but has since been released.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Colonel Freddy L Johnson, Jr, who is the commander of the Highway Patrol, spoke about the heartbreaking incident. He said:

“Our hearts are broken with the loss of our friend and our brother, Trooper John Horton. For all involved in this tragic event the coming days will undoubtedly be difficult, but we are committed to stand alongside with them with our thoughts, prayers and unwavering support.”

The Highway Patrol has not released any details as to whether John had called for assistance while at the traffic stop or if James just happened by.

Additionally, they have not released any information as to what may have led up to the crash.

According to Winston-Salem Journal, Highway Patrol First Sergeant Christopher Knox reported in an email that they also have not been able to determine if the crash was somehow weather-related.

A GoFundMe account has been created by a group called Back the Blue NC. The group is hoping to raise a total of $75,000 which will go towards the surviving family members of John.

Another heartbreaking story occurred in November of 2021 when a retired Corry Police officer was shot and killed accidentally while hunting.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, retired officer Gary Hunt was hunting during the rifle black bear season with his nephew when the shooting occurred.

The Game Commission reported that Hunt’s nephew was crossing a creek with Hunt following behind him. As the nephew began to trek across, he slipped and fell forward and somehow fired the .270 rifle he was carrying.

Tragically, Hunt was standing directly in the line of fire and was killed.

Jason Amory, the Pennsylvania Game Commission information and education supervisor, noted the incident appeared to be nothing more than a tragic accident and criminal charges were not likely in the case. He said:

“It was just a horrible accident. But at this time we don’t believe any charges will be filed. It’s just heart-wrenching. He was a good man from everyone’s account.”

Hunt retired from the small-town police department in 2020 after serving there for over twenty years. Jordon Kitchen, a corporal with the Corry Police Department, spoke about Hunt:

“Gary was a great guy. When it comes to police work, he was community-oriented. He always wanted others to do well. He was very compassionate and well-liked.”

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Officer down: Off-duty officer killed in robbery and carjacking – teen woman under arrest

CLEVELAND, OH – Several suspects are in custody after allegedly robbing a man and stealing his vehicle on New Year’s Eve.

The suspect shot the car owner twice in the back, killing him. Sadly, the victim was an off-duty Cleveland police officer who worked in the city’s 5th District on the northeast side of Cleveland.  He’s been identified by the PD as 25-year-old Shane Bartek.

The suspect shot him as she attempted to rob his vehicle. After the shooting, the gunman fled the scene in the officer’s vehicle. 

The cop was taken to Fairview Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. 


The officer’s slaying was confirmed by both Cleveland Police Union president Jeff Follmer and incoming police chief Wayne Drummond. 

Police were able to locate the vehicle in Euclid, where they took a suspect into custody. 

A few hours later, a woman was also arrested in connection with the murder.

The officer has since been identified as Shane Bartek.

According to a release from CPD: 

“On December 31, 2021, at approximately 6pm, an Aggravated Robbery Motor Vehicle incident occurred at 4320 Rocky River Drive in which a 25-year-old off-duty Cleveland Police Officer was shot and killed.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a suspect approached the victim in the parking lot of the apartment building with a gun, a struggle ensued, and the victim was shot twice by the suspect.

The suspect then fled in the victim’s vehicle. The victim was conveyed to Fairview Hospital by Cleveland EMS where he was pronounced deceased.

Following a multi-jurisdictional police pursuit, the victim’s vehicle was recovered, and a male was taken into custody. Further investigation has resulted in the arrest of additional suspects including a female.

Search warrants have been executed in connection with this investigation. Suburban law enforcement agencies are also pursuing additional felony charges.

This matter remains under investigation. Charges have not yet been filed. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”

“My heart is aching for the family, for our officers. Senseless. It just doesn’t make any sense,” said Drummond.

Bartek joined the Cleveland Police Department in August of 2019. 

“We are devastated by this news and are asking for prayers,” said Follmer.

Incoming mayor Justin Bibb echoed the sentiments from Drummond and Follmer.

“This evening is about the family of this slain officer that we lost today. I just ask the residents of Cleveland to keep the family in their prayers. Let’s all stay vigilant this evening. Stay safe and healthy. I also want to thank all members of law enforcement who supported us this evening.”

An 18-year-old woman is being held on suspicion of aggravated murder, while the suspect arrested with Bartek’s car is being held for allegedly receiving stolen property.

This investigation is ongoing. Law Enforcement Today will provide updates as they become available. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Bartek and the entire Cleveland, Ohio law enforcement community. 


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