Emergency crews work the scene of a deadly crash involving a North Carolina trooper on I-77 near Jonesville Tuesday morning. JONESVILLE — A 24-year-old Highway Patrol trooper is dead following a crash on I-77 near Jonesville late Monday evening, and a suspect from Elkin is being sought on murder charges.

Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard, a three-year veteran of the State Highway Patrol who was a graduate of East Wilkes High School, was pronounced dead at the scene. “It’s a tough day for our agency,” said Sgt.

Chris Knox of the State Highway Patrol Public Information Office. Knox said that two troopers assigned to Surry County were conducting a license check at 10:50 p.m. on Monday when a vehicle failed to stop at the check point.

Knox said the officers went in pursuit of the vehicle, traveling onto I-77 into Yadkin County. Trooper P.E.

Ellis, who was directly behind the suspect vehicle, noticed his fellow officer was no longer behind him, Knox said. He attempted to reach Bullard on the radio and when he could not make contact, he gave up pursuing the vehicle and returned to find that Bullard had been involved in a crash. Read more from yadkinripple.com…

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