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Trooper Potts recalls events of shooting

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State Trooper Michael Potts at WNCN Studios. State Trooper Michael Potts at WNCN Studios.
A bullet wound on Trooper Michael Potts' right hand. A bullet wound on Trooper Michael Potts' right hand.
A bullet wound on the face of Trooper Michael Potts. A bullet wound on the face of Trooper Michael Potts.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The bullet that remains in the back of his head is a reminder of that night, as are the scars. The right side of his face remains so numb he can't smile.

But Mike Potts, the N.C. Highway Patrolman shot at a traffic stop in Durham, has made a remarkable recovery from a terrifying experience on patrol. And he's grateful his seconds on the other side of a gun didn't turn out worse.

"You can go to work in our line of work and you might not come home," Potts said Wednesday at WNCN.

Potts was shot four times the night of Feb. 18. Mikel Brady is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Potts' shooting sparked a massive response by local law enforcement, and Gov. Pat McCrory even visited Potts that night at Duke University Hospital.

Potts still has one of the bullets lodged in the back of his head. Potts can't wait to have the bullet removed, but jokes about how he set off a metal detector recently.

Potts is continuing his rehabilitation and hopes to return to the patrol soon.

"I'm a trooper. I love the Highway Patrol," he said. "That's just who I am."

He deeply appreciates the support of his wife, daughter and his 4-year-old son, who believes his father was injured fighting Ninja Turtles.

Would he want his son to be a trooper some day?

"I would tell him to think long and hard about it," Potts said, "and if you could get an office job, do that."

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