Agency: Troopers Fatally Shoot Man Firing On Them

Authorities say a hit-and-run suspect was fatally shot after he opened fire on North Carolina highway troopers and an Iredell County deputy.

According to a release from the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, three troopers and the deputy went to the suspect's home near Statesville about 2:30 a.m. Sunday to follow up on a hit-and-run.

Officers say that's when a 45-year-old man walked out of the home with a weapon. Authorities say the officers repeatedly asked the man to drop the weapon, but when the deputy tried to shock the suspect with a Taser, the man began shooting.

The release says all three troopers returned fire. One bullet killed the man. His name was not released.

The troopers are on administrative leave pending an investigation.


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  • by !!!!! Location: Enc on Jan 9, 2012 at 05:49 PM
    The cops were right, if shot at then shoot back. one shot one kill duh.
  • by Anonymous Location: ENC on Jan 9, 2012 at 01:03 PM
    You need to move to a 5th world country! There, you might be semi-smart in a empty room.
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Jan 9, 2012 at 10:41 AM
    are those freaks JOKING? If you do a hit-and-run, expect a visit from police, who will be talking to you, like it or not...and of course, the old caveat- fire at the nice policeman, expect return fire. Even if the guy was innocent of the hit and run- he had no reason to fire at the troopers!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 04:13 AM
    good job leo's
  • by frank Location: ei on Jan 9, 2012 at 03:13 AM
    kudos to the leo's. one less crook on the streets. keep up the good work
  • by Get 'Em Boys! on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:48 AM
    Good Job, LEOs!
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Jan 8, 2012 at 11:01 PM
    If more was handled this way - the less crazies and crime would be out there. STOP ----- DON't!!!=== BAM!!!
  • by kcasjion on Jan 8, 2012 at 10:45 PM
    I have a question. Was the man inside or outside of his home? Doesn't that make a difference? Also, couldn't the officer's have made a life preserving decision like leave and come back when the situation cooled down. If there is a high speed chase officers will fall back to preserve life if things get too out of control. The guy was at home, is it possible he was in a state of mind that rendered him hostile and reckless. WE DO HAVE A RIGHT TO ANSWER OUR DOOR HOWEVER WE CHOOSE TO. Until the officer's got there he wasn't even guilty of anything. What about his 2nd amendment rights? He wasn't on any public street. How do you get shot by police in your own house?
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      by porkchop on Jan 9, 2012 at 02:50 AM in reply to kcasjion
      Which part of "the man walked out of his home with a weapon" do you not understand? Doesn't that make a difference? "Until the officers got there he wasn't guilty of anything"--it was that gun thing, honey. And finally "a state of mind that rendered him hostile and reckless"--it was that gun thing, honey.That DOES make a difference.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 08:18 AM in reply to porkchop
        They were trespassing. How did this guy know he wasn't facing down a group of armed, dangerous, criminals...oh wait he was!
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      by LEO on Jan 9, 2012 at 03:53 AM in reply to kcasjion
      The Troopers and the Deputy did what they were taught to do defend themselves. When given an order by LE do what is asked.This guy was a suspect and decided to end this in a lethal way , not talk.
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      by JD on Jan 9, 2012 at 04:13 AM in reply to kcasjion
      Read the story again. The officers came to his house because he was a suspect in a hit and run. Then, the low life comes out with a gun in his hand. Why would you expect the officer's to just pack up and leave in such a situation? Then, the perp starts shooting at the officers and they returned fire. That is how you get shot outside your own home by cops. Lesson? Don't shoot at cops! The officers did everything right in this situation, heck the even bent over backwards trying to reason with the nut. Again, the lesson here is not to run someone over with your car and flee the scene, then come out of your home to shoot at the cops who came to investigate the whole mess. I mean, what else did this genius think was going to happen?
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      by Wharf Rat on Jan 9, 2012 at 04:33 AM in reply to kcasjion
      Re-read the article and try again, genius. You don`t fire at officers,under any circumstances.
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        by excuse me on Jan 9, 2012 at 06:13 AM in reply to Wharf Rat
        Another bleeding heart......I would suggest that you "ANSWER YOUR DOOR WITH A GUN, WHEN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT KNOCK."
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      by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 06:27 AM in reply to kcasjion
      You are so mercifully free from the burden of intelligence.
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      by just me on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM in reply to kcasjion
      "If there is a high speed chase officers will fall back to preserve life if things get too out of control" Yes that's true, but it's to preserve the lives of the LEO and innocent bystanders! This wasn't a high speed chase, he came out of his house and started shooting at the cops....bad move!
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      by Sassy1 on Jan 10, 2012 at 05:00 AM in reply to kcasjion
      First of all the man was not at his house. He was at his EX girlfriends house which he had broken into after the hit and run. This was a dangerous man. Thank God for our courageous NCSHP.
  • by To gimmie Location: enc on Jan 8, 2012 at 09:05 PM
    Because the deputy had lethal cover with the troopers backing him up and they were trying to give this idiot every opportunity to avoid getting shot. I doubt the deputy would have tried to use a Taser if he didn't have any back up. Now you know and you can stop disbelieving. Leave the law enforcement to the professionals. We know what we're doing.
  • by Shame Location: Shame on Jan 8, 2012 at 07:57 PM
    Its a shame a man lost his life, but I'm glad the Troopers and the Deputy did their job and went home at the end of the night!
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      by BB on Jan 9, 2012 at 03:01 PM in reply to Shame
      Amen!!
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