Man brandishing rifle shot by police in North Carolina

Published 5:42 pm Wednesday, January 27, 2021

A man was shot and wounded by police after officers said he pointed a rifle at them and a woman, a police department said.

Havelock Police Chief Marvin Williams said officers went to an apartment complex for the third time on Monday for a domestic call involving a man and a woman, news outlets reported.

Williams said the first two calls involved arguments, and the couple was told to separate to prevent escalation and possible criminal charges. The chief said the woman left the home and got into her car. When one officer arrived for the third call, they found the woman still in the car before the man walked out with what police described as an AR-style weapon, the chief said.

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According to Williams, the man ignored commands to drop his weapon and pointed it at the woman and officers. The officers shot and wounded the man, who was taken to the hospital.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting at the request of the district attorney and Havelock police, which is standard when an officer is involved in a shooting.

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