Posted: 9:53 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013

Man killed in Caldwell County standoff


State investigators are looking into an officer-involved shooting at a home in Caldwell County that left one man dead.

Police were called to the home, off Grace Chapel Road near U.S. Route 321 south of Granite Falls, for a domestic situation early Thursday. They said when they arrived, they heard shots.

Officers said a man barricaded himself in the home and exchanged gunfire with officers.

Deputies said when they first got to the home, they spoke with a woman who had left. The deputies then heard noises coming from the basement. They said when they went to investigate, a man came out and was armed with guns. They said there was an exchange of gunfire.

Neighbors said they heard as many as 10 shots fired.

"We could hear from inside the house for him, 'Come out with your hands out. Come out. Come out,'" said neighbor Kathryn Geitner.

Minutes later, down the street, other neighbors heard gunfire.

"It was a lot of shots, pretty much rapid," a neighbor said.

Investigators said the man ran out of the back of the house and collapsed in the backyard. He was later pronounced dead.

"We never want to see it end this way," said Capt. BJ Fore with Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.

Grace Chapel Road was shut down while a SWAT team and an armored vehicle responded to the situation. It reopened just after 10 a.m.

A nearby day care, Northlakes Academy Child Development Center, was under lockdown as a precautionary measure.

"I couldn't even get in," said Matthew Scott, who was dropping off his daughter. "I pulled into the driveway and they just, 'Go on.'"

State Bureau of Investigation officials were at the scene for hours collecting evidence. None of the deputies was hurt.

The Sheriff's Office stated the deputies involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is common after an officer-involved shooting.

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