21-year-old North Carolina man shot by state trooper after traffic stop in Chatham County


A 21-year-old North Carolina man died after being shot by a state veteran during a traffic stop in Chatham County on Memorial Day.

Private Rodney N. Cook stopped a Ford pickup truck on Harmony Drive near Solo Drive in Siler City around 4:37 p.m. Monday, according to a State Highway Patrol news release.

“During the traffic stop, the suspect presented a pistol and the member fired his service weapon at the suspect,” the statement read.

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Authorities identified the dead as Mark Anthony Diaz, 21, of Staley, North Carolina

Authorities at the scene began rescue procedures until emergency medical personnel arrived and removed the driver from the scene, but he later died, the statement said.

Cook was not injured in the traffic stop. A passenger fled the traffic stop but later returned to the scene during the investigation, the statement said.

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Cook, a 16-year veteran serving in D Troop, District 1 (Chatham County), will be placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation which is agency protocol in any shooting involving a soldier.


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