NC State Trooper Kevin Conner Murdered
Columbus County, North Carolina — When NC Trooper Kevin Conner put on his uniform and went to work for the graveyard shift Tuesday night, he had no idea it would be his last. Before his shift was over, he was shot to death by a suspect who had simply been speeding.
The North Carolina State Police released this statement:
“At approximately 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17, a state trooper stopped a white GMC pickup truck for a speeding violation on US 701 near Sellers Town Rd in Columbus County. The driver of the pickup pulled over onto the shoulder and the trooper made his initial approach. The driver of the pickup then fired several shots, striking the trooper.
After assaulting the trooper, the driver fled the scene, traveling into Fair Bluff. Local police attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver fled, initiating a brief pursuit. The driver of the pickup then fled on foot after his vehicle became disabled while attempting to cross over a railroad crossing. After an extensive search, authorities located the driver and placed him in custody without incident. He was transported to the Columbus County Jail by investigators.
The trooper has been identified as Kevin K. Conner, an 11-year veteran, assigned to Troop B, District 5 (Columbus County). Trooper Conner succumbed to his injuries after being transported to a local hospital.”
The suspect was arrested at around 4 a.m., according to Blue Lives Matter. His name will be released at a press conference later today.
The @NCSHP and it’s @NCPublicSafety family are mourning the loss of one of its troopers who was fatally shot this morning in a traffic stop in Columbus County. More information is forthcoming. pic.twitter.com/q7HsozVkqf
— NC Highway Patrol (@NCSHP) October 17, 2018
Trooper Conner leaves behind his wife Miranda, and two young children. Many people stated that he was one of the “nicest people” you’d ever want to meet.
“We extend our deepest sympathy to Trooper Conner’s family. Trooper Conner was killed while protecting and serving his community. We mourn our loss and will continue to support his family. We are grateful for his service and honor the men and women who serve in harm’s way, each and every day.” Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks to WSOCTV.