A murder suspect from South Carolina is dead after a chase on Interstate 95 led to an armed confrontation between him and N.C. State Highway Patrol troopers, state officials said.
The Highway Patrol was asked to help the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office on Friday morning in pursuit of the suspect, according to a statement by the Department of Public Safety. The chase occurred on I-95 near Lumberton, north of the state line.
The Highway Patrol made several attempts to stop the vehicle, and once it did an “armed confrontation ensued and the suspect died on the scene,” the statement said.
The State Bureau of Investigation was asked to investigate, which is routine when a trooper is involved in a shooting.
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Late Friday, the SBI said the murder suspect was Jamake Cason Thomas, 22, and that he was going northbound on I-95 in the southbound lanes before he was stopped. The SBI said that he was pronounced dead in the vehicle and that authorities found a weapon with him.
Thomas was wanted for a homicide in Marlboro County, S.C., west of where he died.
Two troopers, Douglas Strickland and Henry Locklear, have been placed on administrative duty during the investigation.