North Carolina trooper shoots, kills man who ran at him with gun

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LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. – A North Carolina trooper has been placed on administrative duty after he shot and killed a man who was running at him with a gun, according to authorities.

The trooper was responding to a call for assistance by the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office involving a shooting at Club Aries in Kinston.

Officials said the when the trooper approached the scene and got out of his vehicle, he encountered two men running toward him.

The trooper saw that one of the men had a gun, but the man failed to comply with the trooper’s commands to stop and drop the weapon, according to officials.

Authorities said the man pointed the weapon directly at the trooper who fired, fatally striking the individual.

The second man was taken into custody without incident. Two weapons were recovered from the scene. The State Bureau of Investigation is the investigating agency in the trooper involved shooting.

“This type of incident is a reminder of the serious and dangerous situations our troopers face every single day,” said North Carolina State Highway Patrol Colonel William Grey in a prepared statement. “We are saddened by the loss of life but grateful that our trooper is safe.”

The trooper is a six year veteran assigned to the Troop A District 7 Kinston Highway Patrol office in Lenoir County.

He has been placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation which is standard operating procedure in all trooper involved shootings.