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Prosecutors: 2nd man facing murder charge in trooper’s death

This undated photo provided by the North Carolina Highway Patrol shows Trooper Kevin Conner. Authorities say Conner was shot and killed by a driver during a traffic stop early Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 in Columbus County, N.C. (North Carolina Department of Public Safety via AP)

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A two-state manhunt led to the arrest Tuesday of a second man accused of murder in the fatal shooting of a North Carolina state trooper.

Chauncy Askew, 18, was arrested early Tuesday in South Carolina on a charge of first-degree murder, said Columbus County District Attorney Jon David. David said Askew was arrested without incident following a 24-hour manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies and a tactical unit.

Authorities say Trooper Kevin Conner was shot early Oct. 17 by the driver of a pickup truck during a traffic stop on a rural North Carolina highway. Twenty-year-old Raheem Cole Dashanell Davis, whom the Highway Patrol identified as the driver, was charged last week with first-degree murder.

David said Askew was also in the truck and described him as a “violent and dangerous person” who shared responsibility for Conner’s death, but didn’t elaborate on what role Askew played in the killing. David said authorities have apprehended the two men responsible for the trooper’s death.

David said Askew was being held in South Carolina and would be brought to North Carolina soon. A spokeswoman for the district attorney said her office didn’t have information on whether Askew has an attorney.

Conner, an 11-year veteran of the patrol, was shot as he approached the pickup truck that he stopped on suspicion of speeding on a highway in rural Columbus County southwest of Whiteville. Davis was arrested hours later in a nearby town after a chase.

Hundreds gathered Sunday at a public memorial for Conner.

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