LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A man was shot and killed during a confrontation with law enforcement during the flooding in Lumberton on Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory said.
A North Carolina State Highway Patrol sergeant and two members of the Robeson County Sheriff’s office were driving in a Humvee through high water at Hilton and W. Fifth streets around 8 p.m. as part of search and rescue operations.
The officers encountered a man who became hostile and displayed a handgun, officials said.
The officers and man were standing in swift water that was approximately three to four feet deep, the SBI said.
Sgt. J. F. Hinson shot and killed the man after seeing the weapon.
Hinson is a 13-year veteran of the Patrol and was assigned to Troop B District 7 Lumberton, officials said.
“I am proud that our first responders were in the community rendering aid to our citizens,” said Col. Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. “While we are saddened by any loss of life, I am thankful that our member and the Robeson County Sheriffs’ deputies were not injured.”
McCrory said the shooting occurred in “very difficult circumstances.”
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident. The sergeant has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation as is standard operating procedure in any Patrol involved shooting.
The victim’s identity will not be released until after an autopsy is completed. The names of the officer’s involved will be released once investigative interviews are complete, the SBI said.