Deputies shoot, kill man armed with axe

ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C.,None — Sheriff’s deputies in Alexander County used deadly force after a confrontation involving a man they said was armed with an axe.

Deputies said they shot and killed William Ippolito at his home north of Hiddenite around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Investigators said they had been called to the residence several times this month for domestic problems.

Deputies say they went to the home Sunday night and that the 47-year old charged at the officers with the axe.

The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave until the State Bureau of Investigation completes its investigation.