Man commits suicide as North Carolina Highway Patrol officers try to help

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Source: WTVD

CLINTON, N.C. — The North Carolina Highway Patrol said a man committed suicide south of Clinton Thursday afternoon after officers stopped to check on him.

It happened on U.S. 701 near Boney Mill Road about 9 miles south of Clinton.

Two Sampson County troopers stopped just before 7 a.m. to check on what they said they thought was a stranded motorist sitting in a Subaru station wagon.

When they approached the car, the man made a threatening statement. Troopers retreated to a safe distance while a robot used to deal with explosive devices was brought in.

Nearby homes were evacuated.

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