Sparta man killed in officer-involved shooting

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SPARTA, N.C. – An Alleghany County Sheriff’s deputy and a Sparta police officer are on administrative leave after they fatally shot a man who authorities say refused to put down his rifle.

Deputies from the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Sparta police officer, went to Arnies Lane in Sparta on a report of a domestic situation Thursday.

When they got there, they saw Mitchell Allen Street, 51, of 78 Arnies Lane, with a high-powered rifle, according to a news release from the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said in the news release that the officers identified themselves and ordered Street to put down his weapon. According to the sheriff’s office, Street refused and then pointed the gun at the officers, who fired their weapons in response.

A deputy and the police officer from Sparta were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.

The sheriff’s office did not release the names of the deputy or the police officer involved in the incident. A message to the sheriff was not immediately returned Saturday.

The State Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation of the shooting.

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