Colonel Glenn M. McNeill Jr., director of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, sadly reports the death of Trooper Kevin Conner.

Trooper Conner was shot and killed on a traffic stop while he was approaching the stopped vehicle. Conner made a traffic stop on a white GMC pickup truck for a speed violation. The driver of the vehicle pulled off the roadway and onto the shoulder.

As the trooper approached the vehicle, the suspect driver opened fire on Conner with a handgun striking him several times. The suspect then fled the scene of the shooting.

The suspect and vehicle were located about four hours later. As a result, he lead officers on a pursuit until his truck became disabled on some railroad tracks. The suspect fled the pickup truck and was taken into custody in a wooded area following a search.

Conner was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his gunshot wounds.

Kevin Conner served the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for 11 years. He was assigned to Troop B in Columbus County. His wife, Miranda, and their two children ages 5 and 11, survive Conner, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

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The suspect, 20-year-old Raheem Davis, is charged with first-degree murder and made his first appearance in a Columbus County courtroom Wednesday afternoon. Davis walked into court surrounded by nine officers, some wearing bulletproof vests.

During the appearance, Davis was very brief while answering questions from the judge, limiting his answers to “yes” and “yes, sir.”

The judge ordered that Davis be held without bond, reported WECT. He faces the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

Following the court appearance, District Attorney Jon David said “this was cold-blooded, first-degree murder” and that Trooper Conner, just 15 hours prior, was “patrolling the streets of Columbus County, but now he’s dead.”

David said Davis was driving a stolen pickup truck and speeding in the opposite direction on U.S. 701 prior to being pulled over by Conner in front of a nearby convenience store. David said the deadly shooting was caught on dashcam video and by the store’s surveillance system.

According to David, Conner was “blissfully unaware” as he walked up to the truck and asked Davis why he was speeding, at which point Davis allegedly started firing a gun without saying anything. Conner was struck twice.

A Good Samaritan found Conner about an hour after the confrontation and called 911. Other troopers responded to the scene and watched the dashcam video to identify the suspect, who they found minutes later in the same truck in Fair Bluff.

David said the gun used in the shooting has not been found yet.

Trooper Kevin Conner is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

Kevin Conner

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