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(Colby Murdock/WGHP)

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. – The State Bureau of Investigation has been requested to investigate a Rockingham County deputy involved shooting that occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday.

The request was made by Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page shortly after the shooting occurred just south of the Virginia state line.

The deputies were conducting routine patrol when they spotted a vehicle parked behind a local business.

When the vehicle began to drive away, authorities said the deputies tried a traffic stop, but the vehicle did not stop.

The deputies followed the vehicle for several miles with their blue lights on, according to the SBI. Officials said the vehicle pulled into a driveway off Garrett Road and the deputies confronted the driver when he got out of his vehicle.

A struggle ensued and the man was shot and killed by one of the deputies, according to the SBI. A woman and two children were in the vehicle during the incident.

The identity of the man will not be confirmed by the SBI until the autopsy has been completed. The identities of the deputies will be provided after each has been interviewed.

Upon conclusion of the investigation, the SBI said they will provide the complete case file to the Rockingham County District Attorney.