N. Carolina trooper shoots woman on interstate after crash

Posted at 3:18 PM, Jul 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-08 15:18:39-04

BENSON, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a North Carolina state trooper shot and killed an armed woman as he investigated a wreck on the interstate.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker said the trooper found a woman lying in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 holding a gun near a wrecked SUV around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Baker says there was a confrontation between the woman and the trooper. She died at the hospital. The trooper was not hurt.

TV footage from the shooting scene near Benson showed a white SUV turned sideways with its front bumper damaged off the side of the interstate.

Baker said in a news release the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

Baker says the trooper and woman killed will be identified later and didn't release any other details.