Trooper involved in deadly Durham County shooting

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The State Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation after a trooper-involved shooting overnight.

According to a press release from the North Carolina Highway Patrol, at approximately 1:05 a.m Sunday, Trooper Jerimy Daniel Mathis tried to stop a 1996 Nissan passenger vehicle for erratic driving and vehicle violation on Highway 501 near Duke Street in Durham County.

Mathis activated the blue lights and siren, but the driver failed to stop, officials said.

There was a brief chase before the driver of the Nissan exited his vehicle and fled on foot, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

After the foot chase, there was some type of armed confrontation between the suspect and the trooper, officials said.

Officials later said that a black handgun that did not belong to the State Highway Patrol was found at the scene.

The driver of the Nissan, Willard Eugene Scott Jr., 31, was transported to Duke Regional Hospital where he died from his injuries, authorities said.

Mathis, a 6-year veteran of the Highway Patrol, has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

This is standard procedure in any trooper-involved shooting.

*A previous version of this article stated Mathis is a 20-year Highway Patrol veteran based off information provided by state officials. The Highway Patrol released the correct information Feb. 14.

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