Police release names in deadly Mount Holly officer-involved shooting

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. — Officials have released the names of the man who was killed and the officer who shot him during a domestic violence situation at a Mount Holly home Saturday.

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Police were called to a home on Dutchmans Meadow Drive around 6:45 a.m. for a domestic disturbance.

Officers said after they arrived at the home, a fire erupted in an upstairs bedroom.

A short time later, officials said Officer Lee Farris, 33, shot and killed 42-year-old Larry Hoover. Hoover was pronounced dead at the scene.

Channel 9 learned Hoover had just been released from jail three days earlier.

Several roads in the neighborhood were blocked when Channel 9 arrived at the home around 8:30 a.m. and multiple emergency crews could be seen canvassing the area.

Officials are also investigating a separate scene on Barrington Drive, just a few feet away from the home, but have not said how it is connected to the shooting.

Fire officials are working to find out what caused the fire and no other injuries were reported.

Mount Holly Police Chief Don Roper said the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Gaston County Police Department have been called to help officers work through what happened in the home.

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Residents in the neighborhood described the area as quiet and were shocked to wake up and hear about the situation unfolding.

"I was shocked. I was in shock something like this could happen where I live at," neighbor Milez Tackett said.

"We did hear the cops saying go back inside," resident Melissa Goldberg said. "I put my glasses on, looked out the window and saw smoke billowing up and just called out to everybody, 'There's a fire across the street, oh my gosh!' It was coming out of the top of the windows and there's a hole in the back of the house the fire was coming out."

Goldberg added she still feels safe living in the neighborhood, despite the investigation.

"I still feel safe living in this neighborhood. This is a once in a lifetime thing that happened that won't happen again," Goldberg said.

No other information has been released.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for updates.

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