KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — The NC State Bureau of Investigation has been called to be part of an investigation after a man was killed in a deputy-involved shooting during a traffic stop early Saturday.
In a media release, the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident began at 1:30 a.m. Saturday during a traffic stop in a drug investigation on US 258 North near the Felix Harvey Parkway in Kinston. Spencer Jackson, 31, of Kinston, initially stopped for deputies but then fled the scene in his vehicle, which led to a chase.
Jackson stopped his vehicle in the 1900 block of Hullwood Drive and tried to run away. The sheriff’s office said Jackson entered a building behind a home. He came out with a rifle and pointed it at deputies.
Two deputies then shot Jackson, who died at the scene. On Monday, Lenoir County Sheriff Jackie Rogers released a statement with the names of the deputies involved.
“The two deputies who were involved in the officer-involved shooting on Saturday were Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. R.T. Stroud and Det. R.M. Harrell. This was a tragic situation for all involved. We are continuing to pray for our deputies, their families and for the family of Spencer Jackson.”
Officials said more information will be released at the end of the SBI investigation.