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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — It’s chilling words key witness Cheyenne Hilliard will never forget.

“‘Billy put down the gun, Billy put down the gun,'” Hilliard said.

They were said by the Alamance County sheriff’s deputies before they shot and killed the suspect, whom they have identified as 48-year-old Billy Carson Pike Jr., Wednesday night.

Hilliard says she called 911 just before 11 p.m. That’s when she heard the all too familiar sounds of another argument and more.

“Then there was banging on the house,” Hilliard said.

Hilliard says you could always hear Pike arguing with his mom.

“Never got to the point where he came outside shooting or banging on the house,” Hilliard said.

Investigators say deputies responded to the home at 11:15 p.m. They saw Pike holding a shotgun.

Deputies told him multiple times to drop the weapon. However, that didn’t happen. Instead, Pike pulled the trigger.

“This is a very traumatic involvement for everyone,” Alamance County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Kirt Puckett said.

He said deputies were forced to shoot back and killing the man.

Puckett says the deputies were not injured during the shooting

All of them were placed on administrative leave while the SBI unit investigates the situation.

“We again are going to take our time, very slowly, very methodically and go through this,” Puckett said.