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North Carolina state Trooper shot and killed overnight

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Published: Oct. 17, 2018 at 9:05 AM EDT
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A North Carolina state trooper has died after being shot during a traffic stop in Columbus County.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol issued a statement early Wednesday morning.

The trooper, who has not been identified, was conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 701 near Sellers Town Rd. in Columbus County, North Carolina around 12:15am Wednesday.

The statement only says that the trooper was shot during the encounter and taken to a local hospital where he or she died.

A male suspect is in custody following what's being described as an 'extensive search' of the area where it happened. The suspect has not been identified.

More information is expected to be released. Stay with WITN on air and online for the very latest.

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