Man Shot And Killed After Shootout With Trooper In Caldwell County

CALDWELL COUNTY– The SBI is investigating after a man died following a shootout with a trooper in Caldwell County Sunday.

Troopers with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety were investigating a traffic collision involving an overturned vehicle on US 321 near Mission Road in Hudson on June 12th when the shooting occurred, according to a news release.

Investigators say a deputy with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and State Trooper Bryson Bowman were shot at while investigating the traffic collision.

Investigators say both officers returned fire.

A short time later, 35-year-old Jerome Lavon Connelly was found in a wooded area suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, according to investigators.

Police say Connelly was transported to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The authorities involved in the shooting were not injured.

Trooper Bowman will be placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation which is agency protocol for any trooper-involved shooting.