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Second suspect arrested in killing of Trooper Kevin Conner

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of Trooper Kevin Conner, officials announced Tuesday. 

Chauncey Askew, 18, was arrested Loris, South Carolina early Tuesday morning, District Attorney Jon David said. Askew is awaiting extradition back to North Carolina. 

Conner was shot Wednesday around 12:15 a.m. while conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 701 near Sellers Town Road in Columbus County.

The driver of a pickup truck, later identified as Raheem Davis, 20, of Chadbourn pulled over onto the shoulder after a traffic stop was initiated for a speeding violation.

When Conner made his approach to the vehicle, the driver fired several shots, hitting Conner in the head and torso, authorities said.

Conner tried to give a description of the suspect vehicle to a bystander who called 911. 

David said an investigation showed Askew was inside the truck with Davis at the time of the fatal shooting. 

"We believe the Columbus County Sheriff's Office is in the best position to receive new information about this case. We ask members of the public go to them with information," he said. 

Conner died from his injuries on the way to a local hospital, Baker said. Conner is survived by a wife and two children. 

Davis fled the scene following the shooting but was later apprehended, officials said.


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