WANTED: Reward Offered For Suspects Responsible For Trooper's Death

A manhunt is underway for two suspects responsible for a trooper's death.

Yadkin County, NC – A manhunt is underway for two individuals involved in a police chase that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old North Carolina state trooper on Monday night.

Police were looking for 22-year-old Dakota Kape Whitt and 19-year-old Michaela Cheyenne Harrison on Tuesday, after having identified them as the occupants of a car who fled state troopers at a drivers’ license checkpoint.

Whitt and Harrison were believed to be driving a 2007 black BMW with North Carolina license plate PHN2968, according to the North Carolina Troopers Association Facebook page.

Police described Whitt as a white male, five feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds, with brown eyes and light brown hair.

Harrison was described as a white female, five feet seven inches tall, weighing 114 pounds, with brown eyes and blonde hair.

Authorities said that the incident began while North Carolina State Highway Trooper Samuel Bullard and Trooper P.E. Ellis were conducting the license checkpoint in their assigned duty station, according to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

A black BMW failed to stop for the troopers, and then fled the checkpoint at about 10:50 p.m. on May 21.

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 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 crashed into 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.

Police are offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the capture of Whitt and Harrison. Anyone with information has been asked to contact police.

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This like saying the gun caused the murder, these kids are not responsible for the death of this young man no more than I am, looking at the accident such as a deer that ran into the road etc, maybe there was a problem with car maintenance, sure these kids should not have taken off and there are consequences for this but certainly not homicide, this is a pure case of trying to place blame where it should not be placed, it is sad he died but it it even sadder to charge these young people with this as a homicide on any level, then putting out a warrant escalating this no telling now what these kids will do. I would say that if something happens to these kids then all of the police force are responsible for that. Oh and how is that different I am just placing misguided blame just as you have.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Trying - this should be pretty simple, even for a simpleton like you. The suspect caused the chase by fleeing thereby breaking the law. The police are suppose to enforce the law not sit idly by and do nothing. I hope that clears things up for you but I suspect not.

Trying
Trying

Rip officer. How is it the couple's fault rookie cop can't drive? Or else could have gotten distracted, lost control? Maybe a health issue flared up, took out the cop, and rest want to make the couple the scapegoat? Bull. More to it than Po Po is telling.

Trying
Trying

Rip officer. How is it the couple's fault rookie cop can't drive? Or else could have gotten distracted, lost control? Maybe a health issue flared up, took out the cop, and rest want to make the couple the scapegoat? Bull. More to it than Po Po is telling.

Evilmermaid
Evilmermaid

They were conducting a license check....they were not conducting a search of the vehicle.....

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