KINSTON, N.C. (WNCN) – One man is dead after failing to comply with a trooper’s commands to stop and drop his weapon, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Authorities say the shooting happened around 2:15 a.m. Sunday when a trooper was responding to a call for assistance by the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office was dealing with a shooting at Club Aries near the intersection of Suttontown Road and Poole Road.
Officials say as the trooper approached the scene, two men ran towards him, one with a gun. According to authorities, when that man pointed the firearm directly at the trooper and failed to put down his weapon, the officer fatally struck him.
The second man was taken into custody without any issues.
Authorities recovered two weapons from the scene.
The State Bureau of Investigation is the investigating the trooper-involved shooting.
“This type of incident is a reminder of the serious and dangerous situations our troopers face every single day,” North Carolina State Highway Patrol Colonel William Grey said. “We are saddened by the loss of life but grateful that our trooper is safe”
Officials say the trooper involved is a six-year veteran at the agency.
He has now been placed on administrative duty until an internal investigation is complete, which is standard procedure.
CBS North Carolina will continue to follow the developments in this case.