Suspect killed in Stokes County officer-involved shooting identified

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STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — The robbery suspect shot and killed in the Friday officer-involved shooting in Pinnacle has been identified.

According to the State Bureau of Investigation, the man was identified as 30-year-old Lee Aaron Gerston by a family member.

The family member told the SBI that Gerston grew up in California but had recently moved to the Knoxville, Tenn., area.

The family member said Gerston was taking a friend to a drug rehabilitation center in Virginia. It is unknown to investigators or the family why Gerston was in Stokes County.

Gerston was shot and killed following a robbery at a Pinnacle business and subsequent standoff at a nearby home on Friday evening.

The SBI is continuing their investigation.