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Man kills self during traffic stop in Vance County

Posted May 29, 2011

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— A man shot and killed himself Saturday after being pulled over by a state trooper in Vance County, according to the state Highway Patrol.

A trooper stopped a white Buick that he had clocked speeding along Tungsten Mine Road, near N.C. Highway 39, around 5:45 p.m., authorities said.

When the trooper approached the car, the driver showed a gun, troopers said. The trooper retreated to his cruiser to call for back-up.

The driver then shot and killed himself, troopers said.

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  • thesoulquarian Jun 1, 2011

    Amazing how people can just read half a story and come up with such crazy scenarios. First off I knew this guy personally and he wasn't poor, or a threat. My suggestion is for you people to get all the facts before you start judging....it's not a good feeling when someone starts judging you and your behavior.

  • Viewer May 30, 2011

    This guy displayed a gun to the trooper and the trooper moved away from the car. I don't think it was a speeding issue that caused this person to pull a gun out on a cop.

  • elizadushkufan85 May 30, 2011

    Cleroy2: So you are saying that it's ok for people to speed and endanger other people just because they are stressed? You shouldn't speed in the first place BUT you especially shouldn't speed if you cannot afford tickets. If anything tickets should be raised so maybe less people would speed.

  • rroadrunner99 May 30, 2011

    I didn't see where it said the Trooper had issued a speeding ticket yet. They usually talk to you before they give you a ticket in my experience. There seem's to be more going on with this person than just getting a speeding ticket.

  • pinehorse May 30, 2011

    Cleroy2: Three H.S. classmates of mine were killed in three different wrecks before we graduated. Speed was the common denominator each time. One could argue that a speeding citation from an LEO to a young person is actually a gift.

  • Realamerican71 May 30, 2011

    Pretty obvious this driver had other issues. The Trooper did what any LEO would, move to safety and radio for backup. Don't wish to be pulled for speeding? DING DING DING... Don't speed.

  • ewcheercoach May 30, 2011

    Cleroy- If you can't afford to pay the fine and the resulting insurance increase, you shouldn't be out there speeding. I don't want to shell out $200 in court costs, so I keep myself out of the court.

    And people who commit suicide do so because of a build-up of things and a serious mental disturbance. One speeding ticket is not going to make a mentally healthy person kill themself.

    My heart goes out to the family and friends of this person, as well as the state trooper who probably feels awful about being this person's "last straw"

  • delilahk2000 May 30, 2011

    IT IS UNREAL HOW SOME OF YOU GET HIS EMPLOYMENT STATUS AND ALL ABOUT HIS LIFE FROM THIS ARTICLE......HE WAS BREAKING THE LAW AND THEY STOPPED HIM AND HE CHOSE TO TAKE HIS LIFE.....NO SYMPATHY.....HE HAD A CHOICE AND HE MADE IT...

  • thepeopleschamp May 30, 2011

    "ALL YOU OFFFICERS OUT THERE CUT THESE KIDS SOME SLACK IF YOU CAN." cleroy2

    The Trooper had not issued a ticket yet when this occurred. If getting a speeding ticket is the scale tipper to commit suicide, maybe those people should slow down a little.

  • thepeopleschamp May 30, 2011

    "Just another starving unemployed in NC nobody gives two cents about." 1 awesome Dad

    The article doesn't say his name, how would you know his employment status? Rich people also commit suicide.

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