Suspect in High Point homicide, officer-involved shooting identified

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in High Point Wednesday morning, according to High Point police Lt. Curtis Cheeks.

At about 5:30 a.m., police received a call from a woman saying her brother showed up at her apartment claiming he had shot their father. He also said he was going to commit suicide.

Officers went to a home on Dorothy Street and found one man dead. He was identified as 50-year-old Gene Aikens.

Zachary C. Aikens in a 2013 mugshot.

Additional information from the woman led officers to the home of the caller’s grandparents, which was located in the 1500 block of Overbrook Court. When officers got to the home, the suspect began shooting at them with a shotgun from the roof. Police returned fire and hit him.

Police have identified the suspect as 21-year-old Zachary C. Aikens.

The suspect was taken to the hospital where he is listed in stable condition. No officers were injured.

The High Point Police Department is investigating the case as a homicide. The four officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.

Authorities are not looking for any additional suspects.

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