ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. (WNCN) – Four men were arrested after police found the body of a man in the trunk of a car during a traffic stop in Halifax County, the sheriff’s office said.
Roanoke Rapids Officer C. Roberts pulled over a car for speeding around 1 a.m., the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office said.
During the stop, Roberts discovered the body of a man in the vehicle’s trunk. The sheriff’s office said the man had been shot to death.
The shooting victim was identified as Trevon Quantavius Fields, 23, of Roanoke Rapids.
“Hundreds of traffic stops and I have never in my career run across something like this. I had to collect myself for a moment because it’s not something that, as a 25-year veteran. I have heard about in this area,” Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Bobby Martin said.
Halifax County detectives, along with help from Roanoke Rapids police, discovered Fields had likely been killed outside city limits.
The investigation led to the arrest of the four men in the vehicle with Fields’ body.
Ralik Robinson, 22, Trevathann Myquan Shearin, 20, Shantron Avondre Person, 20 all of Roanoke Rapids and Deluntae Jaequon Squire, 23 of Halifax were all arrested and each charged with murder.
They are being held in the Halifax County Detention Center and are all scheduled to appear in court Jan. 20.
“What if he did not make that traffic stop where would we be today, we’d have a family that has no idea where their loved one was,” Martin said.