SOUTHEASTERN NC (WECT) - A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper who was killed in Columbus County has had his name added to the National Peace Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.
Trooper Kevin Conner is one of 158 officers who died or were killed in the line of duty last year. In October 2018, Conner was shot while conducting a traffic stop for a speeding violation on U.S. 701 near Sellers Town Road in Columbus County. As Conner approached the vehicle, the suspect, Raheem Davis, fired several shots, striking the trooper.
Conner died after being taken to an area hospital.
This week is Police Week and May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day. Police Week draws between 25,000-40,000 attendees to Washington, DC, each year for events honoring fallen officers.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the memorial service on Wednesday.
President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962. The memorial service began in 1982.