Sampson County deputy fatally shoots armed person during traffic stop

North Carolina

(WNCN photo)

SALEMBURG, N.C. (AP) — A deputy fatally shot an armed person during a traffic stop in eastern North Carolina, authorities said Sunday.

The shooting in Sampson County was reported around 1 p.m., TV station WNCN reported.

A news release from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office said the incident began when a deputy stopped a pickup truck near the small town of Salemburg, east of Fayetteville.

“While the deputy was approaching the vehicle, he encountered an armed suspect, which led to the officer discharging his firearm,” the news release said.

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, died at the scene despite “life-saving measures,” the news release said.

The sheriff’s office did not say why the deputy initially stopped the truck and did not identify the deputy, the station reported.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will investigate, standard in officer-involved shootings.

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