Men arrested in connection with trooper’s shooting face new charges

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Two men who were arrested in connection to the Jan. 14 shooting of Trooper Daniel Harrell now face additional charges in the case.

William Allen Boswell, 40, of Elm City, and 25-year-old Bryan Jeffrey Mullins of Bailey are charged with two counts each of breaking and entering of a a motor vehicle and two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle. At the time of the shooting, Boswell and Mullins were charged with one count each of possession of a stolen vehicle.

The third suspect, 36-year-old John David Jones, who is accused of shooting Harrell, is still being held under a more than $5 million bond. He faces multiple charges including two counts of attempted first-degree murder and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Harrell, who is recovering from his injuries, initiated a traffic stop for a towing violation on Haynes Road east of Elm City on Jan. 14. The vehicle the men were in and the vehicle they were towing were stolen out of Nash County, according to Wanda Samuel, sheriff’s office chief of staff.

After Harrell initiated the traffic stop, he went to his vehicle after obtaining information on three men inside another vehicle. Jones reportedly said he was “not going back to jail,” and fired at Harrell, striking him in the jaw and forehead, according to Wilson County sheriff’s officials.

Harrell returned fire and a chase ensued. After being shot, Harrell continued to chase the suspects until their vehicle turned around and collided with Harrell’s, hitting him head-on and disabling his patrol car, according to the sheriff’s office.

One of those suspects remained at the scene and surrendered to authorities. Later that night, a second suspect surrendered to officials in an adjacent wooded area on Sharon Acres Road near Haynes Road.

Jones was captured around midnight after he was found in a wooded area off Cattail Road near Weaver Road southeast of Elm City.