COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. ̵
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North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker said soldier Kevin K. Conner was shot dead shortly after midnight when he stopped traffic on US 701 near Sellers Town Road in Columbus County.
Baker said at about 12:15, Conner stopped a white GMC pickup truck for speeding in rural US 701. The driver of the truck hit his shoulder and fired several shots as the soldier approached.
"The driver of this vehicle fired several shots and hit the soldier," Baker told reporters at a meeting on Wednesday morning.
The suspect fled and Conner was taken to a hospital where he died.
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Baker said that the driver then about 20 Miles west to Fair Bluff near the South Carolina State Line where he was pursued by the police The truck was hampered on railroad tracks in the city and the suspect fled on foot The authorities said the suspect was arrested at 4 o'clock after a full search.
The suspect's name has not been released and the charges are pending, according to the authorities.
"The Highway Patrol family mourns a hero and will be forever changed by the tragic events," said Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. "We ask everyone to keep Trooper Conner's family and all who knew him in their thoughts and prayers."
Conner was an 11-year veteran sent to Force B in Area 5 of Columbus County.
"We extend our deepest condolences to Trooper Conner's family," said Minister of Security Erik A. Hooks. "Trooper Conner was killed while protecting and serving his community, we mourn our loss and continue to support his family, we are grateful for his service and honor the men and women who are in danger every day."
Condolences for the soldier spilled from a number of law enforcement agencies in social media. Baker said the patrol requested that the soldier, his family, and the entire organization remain in their prayers.
"We are saddened in any case because of our loss," he said.
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