Store employee heard NC trooper yell ‘stop’ before shots fired


SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — Authorities have released the names of the trooper and man involved in fatal shooting Tuesday night in Brunswick County.

According to the Department of Public Safety, Trooper S. A. Collins shot a driver who accelerated towards him, then fled the scene of a traffic stop. Officials confirm that 28-year-old Brandon Lovell Webster, the driver, died from his injuries.

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According to a news release from the State Highway Patrol, Tpr. Collins initiated a traffic stop on NC 130 (Holden Beach Road) near Shallotte just before 9 p.m. Tuesday. During the course of the stop, the trooper discharged his firearm as Webster accelerated towards him, driving away from the scene.

Investigators located Webster a short time later at the Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center.

WWAY’s Kylie Jones spoke with an employee at the Civietown Mini Mart Wednesday afternoon. The employee said she was there when it happened and heard the trooper keep yelling at the suspect to stop.

She also says the trooper told them to call 911 from inside.

Trooper S. A. Collins, assigned to Troop B, District 6, Brunswick County is a one year veteran of the State Highway Patrol.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation at the request of the Highway Patrol.

The trooper has been placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation which is agency protocol in any officer involved shooting.

According to NCDPS, Webster served time for drug charges.