Wounded North Carolina Trooper Michael Potts back on the job

Despite being shot in the face one year ago, man has made a recovery
February 7, 2014 12:57:17 PM PST
Nearly a year after he was shot in the line of duty, North Carolina State Trooper Michael Potts is back on the job.

He spoke with ABC11 Friday because he said he wants to thank everyone who helped him on the long road to recovery.

On February 18, 2013, Mikel Edward Brady II shot Trooper Potts during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 70 near Interstate 85. He was hit four times and suffered wounds to each hand, his right shoulder, and the right side of his face. In January, Brady was sentenced to 20 years in North Carolina prison as part of a plea deal.

Potts says he got thousands of cards and letters from people across the state after the shooting.

With the exception of a few numb spots in his hand, he says he's 99.9 percent healed and is ready to return to work.

Still, he admits what happened will always be in the back of his mind. But, he also carries with him the knowledge that in that horrible situation, after being shot in the face and the hands, he was still able to get back to his car to radio for help.

"I don't know where that strength came from. I knew I had one chance, one shot at this right here. I gotta speak clear and make sure they understand where I'm at, who did this, and that I need help now. And I look back on that and I go 'Wow,"" said Potts.

But despite Trooper Potts' bravery that day and his resolve to get back to work, he said he doesn't see himself as a hero. He just says he was, and is, simply doing his job.

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