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WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – 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.

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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.