Officials: State trooper shoots suspect during traffic stop

April 4, 2019

PRINCETON, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol says one of its troopers has shot an armed suspect during a traffic stop.

The patrol said in a news release that a trooper on Thursday stopped a car that was traveling 96 mph (154 kph) in a 55 mph (86 kph) zone on U.S. Highway 70 in Johnston County.

According to the patrol, an altercation ensued with the driver, who was armed with a handgun. The trooper shot the driver. The news release said the unidentified driver, who is black, was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The trooper, who is white, wasn’t injured.

The patrol has asked the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation to look into the shooting along with its own internal investigation, which is standard in trooper-involved shootings.