Service held to honor fallen officer

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — This week will mark ten years since Boiling Spring Lakes Officer James Mitchell Prince was killed in the line of duty. A service was held today to remember the officer’s ultimate sacrifice.

On January 18, 2005, Prince pulled over Darrell Maness, 19, who then shot Prince three times with the officer’s own gun.

At the memorial service today at First Baptist Church on East Boiling Spring Road, friends, family and fellow officers spoke about how dedicated Prince was and how much he wanted to help people, especially teens. The service also featured a 21-gun salute from his brothers in blue.

Prince’s mother, Daphine Prince, says words from teens and members of the community helped her through the days, months and years following her son’s death.

“The most important thing we got were words from teenagers and people that we had never met, that we never knew, that would come up to us, Larry and I, and say, ‘We knew your son Mitch, and if it had not been for him, we would have either ended up in jail, or prison,'” she said.

She said had one teenager, Maness, realized that, she might still have her son.

Fellow law enforcement officers, like Boiling Spring Lakes Lieutenant Rick Spencer, remember the night Prince was killed. Spencer was a deputy with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at the time.

“To hear of an officer getting shot on the side of a cold, dark highway … Troubling,” Spencer said.

The coping continues for both family and Prince’s law enforcement family; Prince’s memory also continues.

“Mitch was a dedicated officer, a dedicated person,” Spencer said.

In Prince’s honor, friends and family created the James Mitchell Prince Memorial Scholarship. Organizers say they will announce the first recipient in June.

A jury convicted Maness in 2006 and sentenced him to death.

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