WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state trooper has been shot and killed, and a suspect is in custody.
State highway patrol spokesman Michael Baker says the suspect fired several shots as the trooper approached his vehicle during a traffic stop around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. He died at a local hospital.
Baker says the suspect fled to Fair Bluff, where he was pursued by police until his vehicle became disabled on railroad tracks. The suspect fled on foot and was taken into custody around 4 a.m.
The identities of the trooper and suspect weren’t immediately released.
The trooper was shot on U.S. 701 near Whiteville, in southeastern North Carolina. Fair Bluff is around 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Fair Bluff, close to the South Carolina state line.