North Carolina Trooper Killed During Traffic Stop, Suspect in Custody

October 17, 2018 Updated: October 17, 2018

A North Carolina state trooper was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Oct. 17.

State highway patrol spokesman Michael Baker told reporters that the suspect fired several shots as Trooper Kevin Conner approached his vehicle during a traffic stop around 12:15 a.m. He died at a local hospital.

The suspect fled to Fair Bluff, where he was pursued by police until his vehicle became disabled on railroad tracks. The suspect then fled on foot and was taken into custody around 4 a.m.

The suspect has not been identified. Conner was officially identified after multiple news outlets named him as the trooper who was shot, including WRAL.

The trooper was shot on U.S. 701 near Whiteville, in southeastern North Carolina. Fair Bluff is around 20 miles west of Fair Bluff, close to the South Carolina state line.


Conner and fellow trooper Scott Floyd were previously hailed as heroes for their actions following a gruesome crash in Whiteville in 2011.

After a head-on collision, the troopers called for paramedics before providing first aid to the drivers, who were both pinned in their vehicles, reported WRAL.

After a fire started in one of the vehicles, Conner used an extinguisher from his patrol car to twice douse the flames.

Officials said that the actions of Floyd and Conner saved the lives of the drivers.

Officials said on Oct. 17 that Conner was “the nicest guy you would ever meet,” reported Brandon Wissbaum of WECT.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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