Police: Off-duty deputy shoots, kills man in attempted robbery at restaurant

by: Trish Williford Updated:

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SALISBURY, N.C. —

An off-duty deputy shot and killed a man during an attempted robbery Tuesday at the China Buffet on North Arlington Street in Salisbury, according to the Salisbury Police Department.

The man entered the restaurant attempting to rob the business wearing a mask and carrying a shotgun, according to police.

An off-duty Rowan County Sheriff’s deputy, who was eating at the restaurant, confronted and shot the man in the chest at about 9 p.m., police said. He died inside the restaurant.

The State Bureau of Investigation was notified of the incident, which is protocol for officer-involved shootings. SBI said Wednesday morning that they are investigating the shooting.

Officials said the deputy is a detention center employee and a sworn officer, who is allowed to carry a gun.

The name of the deputy and the man who was killed have not been released.

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