Former trooper charged in Christmas Eve shooting

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A former Highway Patrol trooper is charged with two felonies in a Christmas Eve shooting in Bladen County.

Herbert Paul Weissinger is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Investigators say Thomas David Daughety, Jr., 42, was shot in the abdomen, and his 62-year-old father, Thomas David Daughety, Sr., was shot in the hand. Investigators say both men were shot with a handgun after a dispute over trespassing.

The District Attorney's Office says the case is likely to be presented to the grand jury next month.

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I like how people who do not know the whole story are so quick to judge. Stay classy folks!

In other news sources it give a little more detail. It was not his land. They were hunting on a hunting preserve neighboring his father-in-law's land. There was a witness who said he pulled up in a road-way got out of his vechicle with a handgun visible and began cursing them, a then shot them. Problably need 10 witnessess since he's a retired leo.

Both your comments are plain stupid, and you speaking to a Asst DA and they making that comment I doubt it!!!!!! These 2 persons BROKE THE LAW. They were trespassing! The property owner has had several people going on his property without permissions. So let’s focus on the real issue. The ones shot were BREAKING THE LAW! Period... anything that happened to them was brought on by THEM. If they had been law abiding citizens we would not be having this discussion. So this is not about a Retired Trooper, this is about people breaking the law and they paid the piper for doing so. This is what is wrong with the US today. Everyone cries for the bad guy and wants to punish the good guy. So again these people were TRESSPASSING and breaking the law bottom line.

They were on gamelands. His wife initially pulled up. After an argument she left. Then her husband came and another argument insued. He shot them and tried to flee the scene. They were law abiding citizens. He broke the law.

When they screw this case up....purposfully or accidentally...we will see a serious rise in property shootings...afterall if he can get by with this terrible crime...so can you.

You can bet that deference and good ole boy BS will be handed down on this deal. Anyone else would still be in jail with no bond. But there is a push to just let the trooper go. Many people have talked to the prosecuter and he is going to screw this case up on purpose First you will see so many delays it is sickening, then you will hear about new evidence they have found and they will dismiss the case according to an assistant prosecuter I spoke with.

Think about what you are saying. The DA wants him free, yet he had the guy arrested??? The DA has the authority to simply not have the man charged at all instead of "screwing a case up on purpose", which makes no sense. Why would any DA want to lose a case they don't even have to try?

Michael,
Please note that it reads "former" trooper. He obviously has had questionable behavior in the past that has given him the title of "former trooper." Be rest assured, NCSHP or any other law enforcement agency is not protected under any "good ole boy" claus or deal. In fact, they will be under intense scrutiny and heavier penalties that the average individual charged with a crime because of the position they hold or have held.

Maybe we should just let the justice system do its job, and stop making guesses or spreading gossip about what may or may not have happened, or what might happen when the case goes to court. If you don't know the facts, then anything that you have to say is just idle gossip. Grow up.