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State trooper shot to death near Canton

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CANTON -- A state Highway Patrol trooper was shot and killed Tuesday night during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 near Canton. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that a patrol spokesman said Trooper David Shawn Blanton was shot twice. He was taken to Mission Hospitals, where he died. Blanton, who was from Cherokee, was a two-year veteran of the patrol. He was married and had one child. Patrol First Sgt. S.D. Greene, public information officer for the patrol, confirmed early Wednesday morning that the trooper had died. Greene said Blanton reported that he had stopped a vehicle at 10:20 p.m., and that a passerby called to report that Blanton had been shot. A suspect was apprehended and taken to the Haywood County jail. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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State Trooper Killed

First of all my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this Trooper. Now the even sadder part is that our tax dollars are going to feed, and cloth this demented heartless felon. I wish we were back in the old western days we could drag him out and hang him. Save the tax payers thousands of dollars.

Trooper shot,

Its a sad, sad,day that we have come to this.Where a young husband and father sets out for work and dosn't come home because of violence. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

State Trooper

It is a sad day when something like this happens, Our prayers go to his family.