Report: Attempted murder charges filed in NC trooper's shooting

Bryan Jeffrey Mullins, John Jones and William Allen Boswell (Wilson County Sheriff's Office) 

The man accused of shooting a state trooper in Wilson County on Monday now faces several new charges including attempted murder. 

The Wilson Times reports additional charges were filed against John David Jones, 36, on Thursday. Authorities say Jones shot Trooper Daniel Harrell in the face after he initiated a traffic stop for a towing violation on Haynes Road east of Elm City.

Jones is now charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property resulting in serious bodily injury, discharging a weapon into a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, according to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

Jones is being held under a more than $5 million secured bond, which includes the bond amount from the previously filed charges, officials said.

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The Wilson Times reports that Harrell, a five-year N.C. Highway Patrol veteran, returned home from the hospital on Wednesday and is recovering from his injuries. He is assigned to Troop C, District 5, which covers Wilson and Greene counties.

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Two other suspects are charged in connection to the shooting. William Allen Boswell, 40, of Elm City, and Bryan Jeffrey Mullins, 25, of Bailey. Both face one count each of possession of a stolen vehicle.