North Carolina trooper shot and killed, suspect in custody

October 17, 2018 - 5:07 am

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a North Carolina state trooper has been shot and killed, and a suspect is in custody.

A North Carolina State Highway Patrol release says the trooper was shot while conducting a traffic stop around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. He died at a local hospital.

Bladen County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Larry Guyton tells news outlets the suspect was caught around 4 a.m. after authorities surrounded the woods near Fair Bluff.

The identities of the trooper and suspect have not been released.

The highway patrol says the trooper was shot on US 701 just south of Whiteville, in southern North Carolina. Fair Bluff is around 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Whiteville, close to the South Carolina state line.

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