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The Latest: Suspect in trooper’s shooting identified

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) — The Latest on a North Carolina trooper who was fatally shot during a traffic stop (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Authorities have identified the suspect in the fatal shooting of a North Carolina state trooper.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said in a news release Wednesday that 20-year-old Raheem Cole Dashanell Davis of Chadbourn has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 11-year veteran Trooper Kevin Conner.

The patrol said Conner was shot and killed early Wednesday during a traffic stop in Columbus County. Sgt. Mike Baker said the trooper stopped a white pickup truck on suspicion of speeding on a highway in rural Columbus County southwest of Whiteville. Baker said the driver shot Conner as he approached.

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9:25 a.m.

North Carolina authorities say a trooper shot and killed during a traffic stop was an 11-year veteran of the patrol.

The Highway Patrol issued a news release identifying the trooper as Kevin Conner, who was based in Columbus County. The patrol said Conner was shot and killed early Wednesday during a traffic stop in the county, and the suspect was later apprehended.

Patrol commander Col. Glenn McNeill Jr. said Conner was a hero and is being mourned.

WRAL-TV reports Conner was credited with helping save lives after a 2011 fiery head-on crash in Columbus County. WRAL says Conner used an extinguisher to put out flames and that he and another trooper provided first aid while waiting for paramedics.

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6:25 a.m.

Authorities say a North Carolina state trooper has been shot and killed.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker says the trooper was shot while conducting a traffic stop around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday in Columbus County. Authorities say the suspect was caught around 4 a.m. in the Fair Bluff area.

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

Authorities haven’t released further details.

The shooting took place just south of Whiteville, in southern North Carolina. Fair Bluff is around 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Fair Bluff, close to the South Carolina border.

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