NC deputy shot while exchanging gunfire with man; suspect shot, killed

Scene where the deputy was shot (WSPA)
Scene where the deputy was shot (WSPA)

RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (WSPA) – A Rutherford County Deputy was shot while on a call Saturday morning according to Sheriff Chris Francis.

A release from the Rutherfordton Police Department says the shooting happened on Monfredo Street in the City of Rutherfordton after a call about a suicidal person with a gun just before 8 a.m.

Chief Kevin Lovelace with the Rutherfordton Police Department says the shooter went to a gas station a block from his house and gave the clerk a package. The man told the clerk not to open it until after he left.

The chief says the content in the envelope indicated the man was suicidal, and the clerk called 911. After they received this call, multiple agencies went to the man’s house on Monfredo Street.

Rutherfordton police say that the resident with the gun fired his weapon and law enforcement at the scene returned fire, killing the man at the scene.

Sheriff Francis says Detective Patrick Wiseman with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office was shot in the hip and taken to Mission Hospital for treatment. He is listed in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Spindale Police Department also assisted with this case.

This case has been turned over to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

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