Records show man fatally shot by officers had violent history

by: Tina Terry Updated:

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GASTONIA, N.C. —

Eyewitness News learned Saturday more about a Gastonia man who was shot and killed during a struggle with police Friday. 


Neighbor Tony Miller heard the gunshots Friday night as two police officers struggled with the 50-year-old Kenneth Glaze in his sister Judy Glaze's backyard.

"We were afraid. I was afraid for my mother more than myself," Miller said.

Police said Glaze tried to take one of the officer's guns during that struggle and he was shot and killed in the process.

Officers came to Judy Glaze's house on East Ninth Avenue in Gastonia around 9 p.m. Friday. They said they were called to the house due to a dispute.

Glaze choked his sister and slapped her boyfriend, according to police. Afterwards, he used hedge shears to attack the two.

Witnesses said Glaze's sister was bruised and in bad shape after the dispute.

"You looked at her head and to pull somebody's hair out where you see the bald skin is pretty bad," Miller said. 

Some neighbors said it was a tragedy that was bound to happen.

Eyewitness News checked with Gastonia Police and found out they've been called to the house seven times in the past three years for domestic and civil disturbances.

State records show Glaze was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon last year. Police records said he used an axe to assault a man in the house next to his sister's.

Miller said the commotion left him uneasy.

"Afraid that somebody's gonna hurt us or hurt people around us. We have a lot of kids around here," he said.

Glaze's family told Eyewitness News they were too upset to talk about the incident.

The two police officers involved in the incident, Michael Watts and Travis Kistler, were put on paid administrative leave while the State Bureau of Investigation and GPD's Office of Professional Standards investigate the incident.