Suspect killed in Burlington officer-involved shooting

Burlington police (WGHP file photo)

Burlington police (WGHP file photo)

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — A suspect was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Burlington Monday night, according to a news release from Burlington police.

The shooting happened on Dorsett Street around 6 p.m.

Burlington police said the suspect was cutting tires in a driveway with a machete and acting erratically.

Officers made numerous attempts to calm the suspect down, the release said. One officer put himself between the suspect and the residence to protect the people in the home.

Officers used a Taser on the suspect, which had little to no effect, the release said.

The suspect began threatening officers with the machete and was shot. The suspect died at the scene.

“We’re glad to say this is not a normal occurrence, it’s been quite a night for the officers here at the Burlington Police Department to try to work through this series of events, but we’re dedicated to making sure that we communicate clearly with the community,” Assistant Chief Brian Long said.

The name of the suspect has not been released.

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