N.C. trooper fatally shoots man who pepper-sprayed him

By Marcie Young
The Charlotte Observer

CONOVER, N.C. - A Conover man was shot to death by a Highway Patrol trooper late Thursday after he fled during a traffic stop and doused the officer with pepper spray, authorities said.

Trooper J.D. Connors pulled over 30-year-old Derek Neal Bowman's truck shortly after 11:30 p.m. when he spotted the white pickup swerving and driving erratically on Lee Cline Road, authorities said.

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