RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A man wanted for the attempted armed robbery of a taxi driver was shot and killed after leading deputies on a high-speed chase from Rowan County into Randolph County Tuesday morning, police said.
According to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, Troy Caster caught a cab from Concord to Arcadia Road and Rogers Road near China Grove. When the driver told Caster how much he owed for the ride, deputies say he pulled out a pink handgun and pointed it at the driver's face. When Caster pulled the trigger, the gun didn't fire and the taxi driver began fighting to control the gun.
During the struggle, deputies say Caster was able to fire the gun, shooting the car's window. Caster then got out of the car and began walking toward the driver's side before the taxi sped away from the scene.
Rowan County deputies began investigating the case. With the help of Concord Police, detectives were able to identify Caster as the suspect. He was linked to the larceny of a pink handgun on January 4 in Salisbury. Deputies obtained warrants for his arrest for attempted armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
Deputies found Caster near his home on Phaniels Church Road around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. When they tried to pull over Caster, he refused to stop and sped away. Deputies pursued Caster into Rockwell toward Stanly County with Caster hitting speeds over 100 mph during the chase, deputies say.
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