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(SILER CITY, NC) – The North Carolina Department of Public Safety released police dashcam footage of a traffic stop that turned deadly when a trooper State shot and killed a man who allegedly drew a gun.
The footage appears to show the soldier, Rodney Cook, stopping a white Ford pickup truck because the driver and passenger were not wearing seatbelts, police said.
The incident happened May 30 in Siler City after the car was pulled over around 4:30 p.m., according to DPS.
A superior court judge cleared the footage by signing a formal request submitted by the State Highway Patrol.
Cook asked the driver, identified as 21-year-old Mark Anthony Diaz, for identification, but Diaz reportedly said he did not have one, according to police.
The trooper then asked Diaz to get out of the car after he said he smelled like marijuana, police said.
The footage shows Diaz pulling a gun out the window and the soldier attempting to back away as Diaz exits the vehicle with the gun.
Moments later, Cook shoots Diaz, who falls to the ground. The car begins to roll down the street and the passenger is seen running away.
Once the trooper pulled the gun out of Diaz’s hands, he radioed for emergency help, as the footage shows. He is then seen performing rescue measures on Diaz.
DPS said Diaz was carried off the scene, but was later pronounced dead. The passenger who fled the scene later returned to the scene, according to the DPS.
No shots were fired at Cook, video shows.
Investigators told ABC Durham station WTVD-TV that the passenger is a minor who is cooperating with the investigation.
Cook was placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation in accordance with protocol, DPS said. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is also conducting an independent investigation into the shooting, according to DPS.
DPS declined to comment further, directing all inquiries to the SBI. A representative for the office said the investigation is ongoing.
The North Carolina Troopers Association did not immediately respond to ABC News‘ request for comment regarding Cook’s involvement in the shooting.
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