CAPTURED: Man Responsible For Trooper's Death In Custody

North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Samuel Bullard was killed in the line of duty as he pursued a BMW on Monday night.

Wilkes County, NC – Police have arrested the alleged driver involved in a vehicle pursuit that left a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper dead on Monday night.

Dakota Whitt, 22, was apprehended during a traffic stop at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, North Carolina State Highway Patrol spokesman Sergeant Baker said, according to The News & Observer.

“Around 3 a.m., the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Dakota Whitt, wishing to turn himself in on outstanding charges,” Wilkes County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Logan Kerr told the Wilkes Journal-Patriot.

Whitt’s father, Christopher Whitt, agreed to bring his son to a church parking lot.

Once investigators learned of Whitt’s location, they intercepted his vehicle in northeast Wilkes County, and took him into custody without incident, Sgt. Baker said, according to The News & Observer.

“It should be noted [that] any time one of our troopers is harmed, the State Highway Patrol will use any and all resources to ensure those involved are swiftly brought to justice,” he added.

Police had been searching for Whitt since approximately 10:50 p.m. on Monday, when he failed to stop at a driver’s license checkpoint being conducted by Trooper Samuel Bullard and Trooper P.W. Ellis, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a press release.

Both troopers pursued the BMW to I-77 south into Yadkin County, but Trooper Ellis lost contact with Trooper Bullard about three minutes into the chase, so he called it off and went back to look for him.

Trooper Bullard, 24, had stopped responding to radio calls, police said.

Trooper Ellis found Trooper Bullard’s crashed patrol vehicle at mile marker 80. The trooper’s car had collided with a bridge support on the interstate and burst into flames, according to WXII.

Trooper Ellis was unable to pull Trooper Bullard from the burning car, and Trooper Bullard was pronounced dead at the scene, WXII reported.

Investigators located the BMW and its registered owner, Cheyenne Harrison, on Tuesday, the Wilkes Journal-Patriot reported.

Whitt has been charged with second-degree murder, driving while license revoked, and fleeing to elude arrest in a motor vehicle causing death, police said.

He was denied bond during his Wednesday morning arraignment in Yadkin County, The News & Observer reported..

Comments (9)
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dsmarine
dsmarine

This story needs to be front page everywhere and lead story on local radio and TV .

Karles_1
Karles_1

Such a senseless tragedy. All this idiot had to do was stop and get a damn ticket now he's thrown his life away and ended someone else's and a family has to mourn the loss of their loved one.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Another police officer killed by bad pursuit policy. Hopefully change will be born of this tragedy.

Mfreeman61
Mfreeman61

RIP Trooper. This young man should be charged with killing a police officer. People should not blame policy. STOP FOR LEO WHEN TOLD TO! THATS THE LAW!! AMERICA STOP BLAMING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND START HOLDING LAW BREAKERS ACCOUNTABLE!!

Danimyl
Danimyl

Burgers Allday 2 days

"Another police officer killed by bad pursuit policy. Hopefully change will be born of this tragedy." Because people breaking the law should be allowed to escape?