No charges expected for passenger after driver killed in trooper-involved shooting

No charges expected for passenger after driver killed in trooper-involved shooting
Brandon Webster, left, and Trooper S.A. Collins (Source: Family/N.C. State Highway Patrol)

SHALLOTTE, NC (WECT) - Charges are not expected to be filed against the girlfriend of a man shot and killed while reportedly fleeing from a state trooper during a traffic stop Tuesday night, a spokesperson for the State Bureau of Investigation has confirmed. 911 records released on Friday first revealed the fact the man, Brandon Webster, had a passenger in his vehicle.

An employee at the Civietown Mini Mart off Holden Beach Road near Shallotte, where the incident occurred, first called 911 just before 9 p.m.

“I guess when the truck pulled in (to the store) the cop was trying to pull them over, and they somehow backed out and pulled out and the cop started shooting at them because the cop told them to stop, you know… they just ran,” the woman said.

The woman went on to identify the driver of the truck as a man named Brandon, who she categorized as a frequent visitor to the store, and said his girlfriend was in the truck with him. She added the pair drove down nearby Shell Point Road with the trooper in pursuit.

Dispatch logs indicate Webster’s truck was found at a location on Shell Point Road. Blood was found in the vehicle, but neither Webster nor his girlfriend were there.

Webster, 28, of Shallotte, eventually showed up at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center — approximately 7 miles from the Civietown Mini Mart — at around 9:10 p.m., where he was ultimately pronounced dead.

Webster’s girlfriend’s mother and grandmother also called 911 in the hours following the incident – the mother saying she was following the deputy who had her daughter in his car and the grandmother asking if her granddaughter was involved in the incident. The grandmother also indicated the truck Webster was driving was registered in her name.

A spokesperson for the SBI on Friday afternoon said when interviewed by investigators, Webster’s girlfriend said she tried to get him to stop.

“The investigation is still being worked and prepared for the District Attorney’s Office to review,” the spokesperson wrote in an email. “The results of the autopsy to include toxicology request are still pending. The case has not been presented to the District Attorney’s Office for review as of this date.”

The law enforcement officer involved in the incident, Trooper S.A. Collins, is on administrative duty while an internal investigation is conducted, per agency protocol.

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