Video Shows Trooper Shoot and Kill Armed Truck Driver in North Carolina

Newly released police dash cam footage showed the moment a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper killed a man during a traffic stop.

The traffic stop occurred on May 30 at roughly 4:37 p.m. in Chatham County. During the stop, a man, identified as Mark Anthony Diaz, 21, of Staley, North Carolina, allegedly got out of the vehicle with a handgun, causing Trooper Rodney Cook to fire at him. Diaz was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a report from local news station Fox 8.

The video footage that was released was from Cook's in-car camera, according to Fox 8. The footage was released at the request of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

According to the report, Cook saw a white Ford pickup truck on US 64 in Siler City traveling in the opposite direction with the driver and passenger allegedly not wearing seat belts.

After making a U-turn, and catching up to the vehicle, Cook confronted the driver and passenger once they had stopped.

In the video, Cook can be seen approaching the car window and explaining that the car was stopped as neither person in the car was wearing a seatbelt.

He also asked for identification, which the two individuals claimed not to have any on them. Cook then asked if there were any illegal substances in the truck and for both the driver and the passenger to step out of the vehicle.

At this point, Diaz can be seen producing a pistol. Cook then attempted to block the pistol and retreat back to his patrol car.

Diaz extended the pistol out the window while pointing it in the direction of the trooper. As Diaz gets out of the car, Cook fires once, hitting Diaz.

The trooper returns to his car to call for backup and after removing the gun from Diaz's hand, calls for backup to render aid.

Diaz was transported from the scene and was later pronounced dead.

Cook has since been placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation into the shooting. This is agency protocol for any trooper involved in a shooting.

Newsweek has reached out to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety for comment.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper recently said that more needs to be done to curb gun violence in the state. During a speech on June 3, he proclaimed it as Gun Violence Awareness Day.

"We cannot forget these tragedies when they fade from the news, he said. "I've taken executive action to help in North Carolina, but we can do more. It's past time for common-sense reforms that must take place at the congressional and legislative levels, stronger background checks, red ga laws, banning assault weapons and community violence interventions so that we can prevent these horrific events."

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A video released by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol showed the moment a trooper shot and killed a driver who was getting out of his truck with a handgun during a traffic stop. Getty Images