WAKE FOREST, N.C. - Authorities in Wake Forest said that an 18-year-old man was killed during an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night.
Wake Forest town spokesman Bill Crabtree told local media outlets that the shooting happened behind an entertainment complex.
According to WTVD, the incident started around 8:30 p.m. when Raleigh police requested assistance from Wake Forest police after receiving a call about a stolen firearm and a man allegedly firing the weapon.
Police then arrived at the 300 block of Stone Monument Drive and encountered David Johnson of Wake Forest. Officers said Johnson immediately took off in a vehicle.
According to reports, the officers then followed Johnson, who ended up crashing his car just before 9:30 p.m. along Grandmark Street, near The Factory shopping area.
That's when police said Johnson exited the vehicle armed with a handgun in plain view. Authorities said officers repeatedly told Johnson to drop his weapon, but when he didn't, the officers fired their weapons, striking Johnson multiple times.
Johnson was taken to WakeMed where he died.
Neither officer was hurt.
Witnesses said they heard about a half dozen shots.
The officers who shot Johnson, D. Cohen and D. Ragland, have been placed on paid administrative leave which is normal procedure for officer-involved shooting incidents.
The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the Wake Forest Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit are investigating.
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