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Trooper shooting suspect appears in court, second suspect arrested

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DURHAM — A second person has been charged in connection with the shooting of State Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Potts.

Wednesday, Durham police arrested a pregnant woman in connection to the shooting of state trooper Michael Potts. Lyndsey Smith, 21, of Durham is charged with accessory after the fact and harboring a fugitive. Smith is being held under a $1.5 million bond.

Arrest warrants show she helped the suspected gunman, Mikel Brady, after the shooting.

Also on Wednesday, the other suspect involved in the case, Mikel Brady, made his first appearance in court.

Brady did not show much emotion when entering the Durham County Detention Center. He is accused of shooting Potts four times following a routine traffic stop for a seat belt violation Monday night. District Court Judge William Marsh officially charged Brady with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury.

In a 911 call authorities released Wednesday, a driver passing by the crime scene describes what happened after Potts pulled over Brady's black Nissan Altima on a seat belt violation Monday night.

"I was driving by as the officer went to the window. The officer took a glance to the road, turned his head back and there was a few shots fired, officer hit the ground," the caller told the 911 dispatcher several minutes after the shooting.

The judge determined Brady will be held under two bonds totaling $10.5 million for his North Carolina charges and the felony charges he also faces in Vermont. The judge said the wanted fugitive is on federal probation for theft of explosives and also faces breaking and entering charges.

"More likely than not you will have to deal with your North Carolina charges prior to any consideration of returning to Vermont," Marsh said to Brady.

Brady is expected back in court in March. The judge set his probable cause hearing for March 13.

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