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.

Ralik Robinson, Deluntae Squire, Trevathan Shearin, and Shantron Person (RRPD)

All four are charged with murder along with the following charges.

Person was charged with concealment of death, carrying a concealed weapon, and speeding 57 in a 45 mph zone.

Robinson was charged with concealment of death, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of schedule VI, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Shearin faces charges of concealment of death and carrying a concealed weapon.

Squire was charged with concealment of death.

Martin said four handguns, along with four grams of marijuana and various items of paraphernalia, were found in the vehicle.

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.