LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) - A Highway Patrol sergeant shot and killed a man who became hostile and was displaying a handgun while the sergeant was conducting search and rescue operations with two law enforcement officials in Lumberton Monday night, according to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
At about 8:08 p.m., two members of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office and the sergeant were traveling on a flooded portion of west Fifth Street when they encountered a man, the release states. He became hostile towards them and displayed a handgun. After seeing the handgun, the sergeant shot the man, who succumbed to his injuries. The man's identity is not known at this time.
"I am proud that our first responders were in the community rendering aid to our citizens," said Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. "While we are saddened by any loss of life, I am thankful that our member and the Robeson County Sheriffs' deputies were not injured."
The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting the shooting investigation, and the sergeant has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, which is standard practice in any patrol-involved shooting, the release states.