Whiteville, N.C. – A North Carolina State Highway patrol trooper Wednesday, 02-29-2016, 02:15 pm Aimed at a Columbus County near the South Carolina line.
Trooper Kevin Conner stopped at a white GMC pickup at about 12:15 a.m. that was speeding on U.S. Highway 701 south of Whiteville. The truck pulled over the intersection with Sellers Town Road, and when Conner approached the vehicle, several people fired multiple shots, said.
Columbus County District Attorney Jon David.
Conner was shot at least twice – once in the face and once in the torso – on the dashboard camera in his patrol car at a nearby convenience store
The Gunman, later identified as Raheem Cole Dashanell Davis, fled the scene.
A Good Samaritan 911, David said.
An 11-year veteran
Other troopers watched the shooting on Conner's dashcam to identify the suspect vehicle, and they found it in Fair Bluff – about 20 miles away – a short time later, David said. When the pickup stalled on some railroad tracks, Davis jumped out and ran, the prosecutor said, and officers apprehended him about 4 a.m. in some woods near the tracks.
Davis, 20, of Chadbourn, whats charged with first-degree murder and being held without bond in the Columbus County jail. David said: "This was cold-blooded, first-degree murder," David said.
Davis was driving a stolen truck when Conner pulled him over, authorities said. Davis was on probation for a January 2017 conviction for firing a gun at Chadbourn in June 2015, according to the state Department of Investigators have recovered Davis' shirt and cellphone Public Safety Records.
"I was devastated. Andrea Ector, who attended Bladenboro High School with Conner. "There are good police officers out there, and Kevin was one of them."
Ector went to Davis' court hearing
"I'm sure, whatever the situation was, Kevin would have helped him – came to court , make the sentence a little lighter for him.
News of Conner's death hit David Wright hard.
Four years ago, Conner arrested Wright on an impaired driving charge Wright said he was in a bad place at the time, and the trooper helped him to get his life back.
"Hey kid of, like, kick-started me, if you want to, maybe want to get better, "Wright said."
In 2011, Conner was hailed a hero when he extinguished a fire while saving a driver involved in a crash in Whiteville.
The Highway Patrol's Loss is being reported Monday, March 30, 2009, and a group of state troopers is stealing their time in Fair Bluff.
"The Highway Patrol family is mourning the loss of a hero and will be changed by the tragic events that have occurred, "Col. Glenn McNe Ill Jr., commander of the patrol, said in a statement.
"It's a constant reminder of the dangers and perils law enforcement encounter every time we meet." Michael Baker said.
"We extend our deepest sympathy to Conner's family trooper," Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks said in a statement. "We are grateful for his service and honor the men and women who serve in harm's way, each and every day."
Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered all of the statewide patrols and state flags at half-time from Thursday morning through Sunday night.
Kevin Conner of the NC State Highway Patrol weighs heavily on our hearts, "Cooper said in a statement." We are forever grateful for his devoted service and selfless commitment to protecting the people of North Carolina.
Conner is the 65th member of the Highway Patrol killed in the line of duty since July 1929. They are commemorated by a memorial at the patrol training center in Raleigh.