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I-95 reopens after troopers shoot, kill SC murder suspect near Lumberton

Posted February 3

— A suspect wanted in a homicide in Bennettsville, S.C., was killed Friday in a shootout with North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers on Interstate 95 in Robeson County, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Jamake Cason Thomas, was spotted in Maxton and chased onto I-95, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's office. Troopers tried to stop his Nissan Altima several times before the shooting.

Officials said Thomas eventually stopped and was shot and killed near mile marker 7. A weapon was found inside his car, authorities said.

Thomas was wanted in the death of his mother, 42-year-old Tina Thomas at about 2 a.m. Friday, Marlboro County (S.C.) Sheriff Charles Lemon said.

Southbound I-95 was closed near Raynham Road for several hours as investigators collected evidence from the scene, but all lanes reopened shortly before 4 p.m.

The State Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the shooting, which is standard protocol for officer-involved shootings. Trooper Douglas Strickland and Trooper Henry Locklear involved will be placed on administrative leave, which is also standard protocol, according to the Highway Patrol.

Locklear is a 12-year veteran of the Highway Patrol, while Strickland has been with the patrol for nine years.

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