Wanted man shot, killed by police on Cloverdale Drive in Greensboro, police say

Piedmont Triad News

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — An officer shot and killed a man outside of a home on Cloverdale Drive in Greensboro, according to police.

At 10:29 p.m. on Friday, police responded to a report of a wanted person trying to get into a home on the 3500 block of Cloverdale Drive.

“He was banging on our front door and was trying to turn the knob to get in, but it’s locked,” a caller told a 911 operator.

Officers reportedly found the wanted man, later identified as Joseph Thomas Lee Lopez, 29, of Greensboro, in a shed behind the home.

During the confrontation, an officer fired a gunshot, hitting Lopez.

Officers and EMS tried to save Lopez’s life, but he died.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation launched an investigation into the incident. The Professional Standards Division of the Greensboro Police Department is conducting an internal investigation to determine whether GPDt policies were followed.

The officer involved will be placed on administrative duty per departmental policy.

Deputies say that Lopez also barricaded himself in a home on Cloverdale Drive on Monday before the shooting on Friday.

He was pulled over for allegedly having a fake license plate. A deputy asked to search the vehicle, and the driver gave permission, according to the sheriff’s office.

When the deputy called for backup, the driver allegedly got into the vehicle and drove away, leaving a female passenger on the side of the road.

The passenger was able to tell deputies where she thought the driver was going. Deputies found the suspect vehicle at an address on Cloverdale Drive, but the suspect was not in the vehicle.

When deputies entered the home, they reportedly found Lopez barricaded in a back bedroom with guns.

Investigators were eventually able to convince Lopez to come out, and he was arrested.

“He was taken out of here the other day for stealing my car, and he had a bunch of guns,” a 911 caller said.

Detention center officials say he was released after being arrested on Monday on an unsecured bond.

“My first response is, hey, got to move out this neighborhood,” one neighbor said.

FOX8 asked Sheriff Danny Rogers how Lopez was able to get out of jail following the first incident on Cloverdale Drive, in addition to a Nov. 1 court order for arrest for failure to appear in superior court.

“I have no comment on that right now. I will let that unfold the way it’s supposed to,” Rogers said. 

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