Trooper who was shot takes mound again for Bulls - WNCT

Trooper who was shot takes mound again for Bulls

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DURHAM, N.C. -

Highway Patrolman Mike Potts was back on the baseball field Monday, and this time to be honored by the Durham Bulls at their home opener.

Potts'  4-year-old son threw out the first pitch when the Bulls made their home opener at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Potts' son threw the pitch and then Potts himself threw one.

Potts, who was shot four times at a traffic stop in Durham Feb. 18, has made a remarkable recovery from a terrifying experience on patrol. And he's grateful his seconds on the other side of a gun didn't turn out worse.

"You can go to work in our line of work and you might not come home," Potts said in an exclusive interview at WNCN.

Mikel Brady is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Potts' shooting sparked a massive response by local law enforcement, and Gov. Pat McCrory even visited Potts that night at Duke University Hospital.

Potts was once a left-handed pitcher for the Durham Bulls in the early 1990s and even made it to the majors. He pitched 45.1 innings for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1996.

Potts still has one of the bullets lodged in the back of his head. Potts can't wait to have the bullet removed, but jokes about how he set off a metal detector recently.

Potts is continuing his rehabilitation and hopes to return to the patrol soon.

"I'm a trooper. I love the Highway Patrol," he said. "That's just who I am."

He deeply appreciates the support of his wife, daughter and his 4-year-old son, who believes his father was injured fighting Ninja Turtles.

Would he want his son to be a trooper some day?

"I would tell him to think long and hard about it," Potts said, "and if you could get an office job, do that."

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