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Nash Co. trooper killed during chase of kidnapping suspect

By Nbc17 Staff

A state trooper was killed Saturday during a high-speed police chase that started in Raleigh and ended in Nash County.

Shortly after midnight, a woman reported that a man forced her and her 21-month-old child into her home on Morning Creek Way. The suspect barricaded them into a room and then left the scene.

The woman was then able to free herself and go to a friend’s house and call police. The victim’s ATM card had been stolen and was used in the 800 block of South New Hope Road.

After further investigating the incident, police obtained warrants for Christopher McCoy Rodgers, 40, on charges of kidnapping, burglary, assault on a female and assault on a child.

Police were then alerted to be on the look out for Rodgers’ vehicle.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m., a Raleigh police officer spotted Rodgers’ car in the vicinity of New Hope Road and Rogers Lane. The officer began following the vehicle until reaching the Highway 96 Exit on U.S. 64, where the Wake County Sheriff’s Office took over pursuing the suspect.

Authorities attempted to stop Rodgers on U.S. 64 East near Hodge Road, but he failed to stop and headed into Nash County.

The State Highway Patrol says Trooper Gene DeMuth was struck and killed while trying to deploy stop sticks on U.S. 264 in order to stop the car.

The car drove on for a short distance before being stopped by authorities.

The Highway Patrol closed U.S. 264 at N.C. 581 for several hours Saturday.

Demuth was a 12-year veteran stationed at the Rocky Mount Troop C District 1 Highway Patrol Office.

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