Man killed in deputy-involved shooting in Lincolnton identified

Man dies in deputy-involved shooting, Lincoln County sheriff says

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — The sheriff's office said a man has died after a deputy-involved shooting in Lincoln County Friday night.

Officials said deputies responded to a home just after 5:30 p.m. on Westdale Lane off Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton, where 38-year-old Ray Correll was in the front yard holding a gun to his head.

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The man threatened deputies and fired shots into the ground. Authorities said he pointed the handgun at the officers and rushed at them, and they returned fire.

"He refused to put the gun down," Sheriff Bill Beam said. "He kept shouting for the officers to shoot him, which they did not, and they were in fairly close proximity before they had to shoot."

Beam said his officers are trained to deescalate out of control situations, but the man rushed toward the officers and was a short distance from them when he was shot.

The man's family told Channel 9 he was dealing with depression.

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The SBI and the sheriff's office will continue to investigate to make sure deputies followed policy. The Three deputies involved were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

"Our condolences go out to the family of man who died," Beam said. "It's a tragedy, not only a tragedy for them but a tragedy for my officers because they will have to live with this for the rest of their days in their law enforcement career."

No deputies were injured.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with for more information. 

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