by: Dave Faherty Updated:
HICKORY, N.C. - Police in Hickory are investigating an officer-involved shooting that has left a man dead Monday morning.
Officers said the shooting happened at the Kangaroo Express on North Center Street shortly before 4 a.m.
Officials had the parking lot of the gas station roped off with crime scene tape Monday morning.
Officials identified the man who was killed as Drew Marian Spencer, 21. The two officers who discharged their weapons were Police Officer Clayton Albrecht and Master Police Officer John Ray. Albrecht was hired by Hickory Police Department in July of 2012. Ray was hired in August of 2008.
Police said no officers were hurt and the SBI was on the scene investigating.
Greg Campbell says he woke to the sound of five shots.
"Then I hear one of them yell, ‘Show me your hands! Show me your hands!’ And I saw a few more cops come running up from where the Walgreens is,” he said.
According to Hickory police, two of their officers were questioning the driver of a City of Hickory work truck in the parking lot of the gas station around 3:40 a.m.
Police said the truck had heavy damage to the right side of the vehicle and officers recognized the driver from a fight call on Sunday night at McCroskey's Irish Pub and Grill.
While speaking to the driver, officers said the man pointed a handgun at them. They were able to retreat from the truck and shot the man, killing him, according to police.
Police said video of the incident was captured by surveillance video but are not releasing that video at this time.
Officers were able to determine the truck was stolen from a City of Hickory employee on Cloninger Mill Road and that that employee's personal vehicle was broken into and items were stolen from it.
"Scary. Really scary. And not knowing for sure what happened and why it happened,” said neighbor Pam Killmer.
Police said the suspect's gun jammed after he pointed it at them while sitting in the truck. Investigators said after they opened fire they found the weapon still in his hand with a spent shell casing still in the gun.
Campbell believes the officers didn't have a choice.
"What else is he going to do? If someone else pulls a gun on him, what else is he supposed to do,” he said.
The SBI is investigating to shooting and the Hickory Police Department will conduct its own separate investigation as well.
The two officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.
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