Deputy shoots, kills armed man in Caldwell County

CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. — A deputy shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at them Thursday afternoon in Caldwell County, investigators said.

Someone called 911 at 2:05 p.m. and said her son had a gun at a home on Watson Road in the Gamewell community near Lenoir.

The caller said the 25-year-old man was threatening to hurt himself, the sheriff’s office stated in a news release.

Two deputies got to the home and encountered a man armed with a handgun.

The deputies tried to negotiate with him but he pointed his gun at them.

One of the deputies shot and killed the man. He died at the scene, the sheriff said.

Several family members of the man who was shot gathered at the scene. Neighbors said police have been called to the home in the past.

“I really hate it for the whole family,” Bruce Spears said. “I mean they’re basically really good people. But every once in a while, you have a child you just can’t control.”

Deputies said the State Bureau of Investigation will oversee the case.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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