• Union Co. Sheriff: Man shot, killed after pointing gun at deputies

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    MONROE, N.C. - State investigators spent the day Friday piecing together clues in an officer-involved shooting in Union County that left one man dead.

    It happened on Wolf Pond Road just south of Monroe in Union County.

    Investigators said they went there searching for 49-year-old Brent Catoe.

    They had a warrant for his arrest and said he had assaulted his girlfriend earlier in the day.

    Officers pulled up to one house and then realized the addresses in the area had been renumbered and Catoe actually lived at the house next door.

    When they pulled up to the right house, they said Catoe had already run into the woods behind the house.

    They said he had two guns and eventually pointed one at an officer. They said officers fired back in self-defense, and Catoe died.

    The SBI spent much of the day Friday interviewing those involved and collecting evidence.

    However, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office said it appeared that the officers acted appropriately.

    "The officers were placed in situation where they felt they had to protect their lives," said Union County Chief Deputy Sheriff Ben Bailey.

    The Sheriff's Office said the SBI is investigating the incident and will pass their results onto the district attorney.

    The three officers involved were placed on administrative leave, which is standard.

    Their names were not released Friday.


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