The Highway Patrol says a trooper shot and killed a man he was transporting after the suspect attacked him with a razor blade.
Officials told the Asheville Citizen-Times on Friday that Trooper Andrew Waycaster stopped 22-year-old Daniel Boyd Cole Jr. for speeding and a seat belt violation. The trooper took Cole into custody after smelling alcohol.
The Highway Patrol said Cole was sitting in the front seat of the cruiser and attacked Waycaster with a razor blade, cutting him four times. Patrol officials said Waycaster stopped the car, got out and fired two shots at Cole, killing him.
Waycaster was bleeding profusely, but emergency responders treated him at the scene and took him to Mission Hospitals in Asheville.
Lt. A.J. Dickey said Waycaster's injuries did not appear life-threatening. The SBI is investigating the shooting.