Man killed in armed standoff identified; SBI now investigating

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) - WITN has confirmed the identity of a man killed by a deputy after a 7-1/2 standoff yesterday.

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the Wednesday evening shooting in the Catherine Lake area of Onslow County.

The Onslow County Medical Examiner's office confirms they have the body of 67-year-old Haywood Cannon.

It started around 11:30 a.m. when Highway Patrol troopers tried to pull over Cannon on Highway 111 for suspected drunk driving.

Cannon wouldn't stop and eventually turned onto Booth Lane outside of Richlands. Deputies say he showed a firearm toward the trooper and then barricaded himself inside his home.

Dozens of lawmen surrounded the house.

A news release says around 7:00 p.m., after lengthy negotiations, the man fired the weapon toward officers and they returned fire, killing him.

No officers were injured. Cannon had lived at the home for 18 years.

As standard protocol, the deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave until the SBI investigation is completed.


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Onslow County District Attorney Ernie Lee says an armed man who barricaded himself inside an Onslow County home on Catherine Lake Road near Richlands was shot and killed after firing a shot at officers.

District Attorney Ernie Lee gave that update shortly after 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

The name of the person who died has not been released.

No law enforcement officers were injured.

The Highway Patrol says around 11:30 a.m. they tried to pull over a suspected drunk driver and he wouldn't cooperate. The driver eventually pulled over, got out of his car with a rifle and went into his home. The man then barricaded himself inside.

Several dozen law enforcement officers from the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, the Highway Patrol, and Jacksonville were at the scene.

The SBI is investigating.

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A standoff with an armed man has gone past six hours in one Eastern Carolina county.

It's happening on Catherine Lake Road in Onslow County.

The Highway Patrol says around 11:30 a.m. they tried to pull over a suspected drunk driver and he wouldn't cooperate. The driver eventually pulled over, got out of his car with a rifle and went into his home. The man has been barricaded inside since then.

Several dozen law enforcement officers from the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, the Highway Patrol, and Jacksonville police remain at the scene. They have set up a command center at the Catherine Lake Baptist Church, but stress there is nothing wrong at the church.

Sheriff Hans Miller has brought in his tactical team and says they have had limited communication with the man. They believe he is alone in the home.

Law enforcement has set up a perimeter around the house and a few neighbors have been evacuated from their homes.

The house is down a dirt road off the main highway.