Wilson County trooper awarded Congressional Badge of Bravery

WILSON, N.C. (WITN) – A Wilson County trooper was awarded Monday with the Congressional Badge of Bravery by North Carolina leaders for his heroism during what should have been a routine traffic stop in early 2019.

At 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sen. Thom Tillis, Rep. G.K. Butterfield and U.S. Attorney Michael Easley Jr. gave Daniel Harrell the honor at the Wilson Community College campus in Wilson.

On Jan. 19th, 2019, Harrell pulled a car over for improperly towing another vehicle. When Harrell asked for the license of the driver, 36-year-old John Jones, Jones drove off.

After a short chase, Jones stopped and shot Harrell in the face and neck.

Harrell still gave important information to the Raleigh Communications Center and continued his chase of Jones’ car after he sped off again.

Jones later crashed into Harrell’s car head-on, but Harrell and other officers were eventually able to arrest Jones and two other men with him after an hours-long manhunt.

Jones was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault on a law enforcement officer, and the other two men, 40-year-old William Boswell and 25-year-old Bryan Mullins, were charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

Harrell was later released from Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Troopers say Harrell is a humble officer who avoids the spotlight.

Harrell shared the award with his family and preferred not to talk about his accomplishments.

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