Police: Shooting suspect had bomb-making materials at home

Feb. 27, 2013 @ 04:36 PM

Bomb-making materials were found in the residence of a man accused of shooting a Durham-based N.C. State Highway Patrol trooper, according to a search warrant for his Durham apartment.

Investigators seized PVC pipe, nails and a digital camera with “clear instructions marked how to make bombs,” the Feb. 20 search warrant states.

Mikel Edward Brady, 23, of White Pine Drive in the American Village subdivision, is charged with shooting Trooper Michael Potts four times during a traffic stop on U.S. 70 in Durham. Potts was treated at Duke University Hospital and was released days later. He is recovering at home.

The warrant states that investigators also found a large map of Durham on the apartment’s bedroom wall with locations of police, fire and EMS stations marked.

Also seized from the apartment were nails, salt, a toolbox, a scale and a “small black metal tube,” “metal parts with holes drilled in the center” and “reactive targets.”

Durham police are leading the investigation. They said Brady fled the shooting scene. He was arrested the next morning at a Raleigh apartment complex.

His pregnant, 21-year-old girlfriend, Lyndsey Smith, was arrested Feb. 20 on charges of being an accessory after the fact to assault with a deadly weapon and harboring a fugitive. She remained in the Durham County Jail on Wednesday on a $1.5 million bond.

The two had recently moved to Durham from Vermont, where Brady served prison time on numerous charges stemming from burglaries and a home invasion and is wanted in Vermont on fugitive charges. He remained in the Durham County Jail Wednesday under an $8 million bond in the shooting, and a $2.5 million bond on the charges in Vermont.

Durham officials have said Brady will be tried in Durham before returning to Vermont.