One Killed in Officer Involved Shooting in Gastonia

GASTONIA, N.C.– A Gastonia Police officer was involved with the fatal shooting of a Gastonia man Saturday night.
 
Officials say that Anson County contacted the Gastonia Police Department to conduct a welfare check on James Howard Allen, 74, at the 2700 block of Mary Avenue, at the request of a concerned relative. 
 
When an officer arrived at the address, there was no answer at the door at 10:20 p.m., and the officer cleared the call. 
 
However, police say that At 11:08 p.m. the call was reactivated when Anson County requested a check of local hospitals. 
 
Area hospitals were then checked and Allen was not located. Neighbors told police that the last time they saw Allen was the previous day. 
 
Officials say that at 11:30 p.m. Gastonia Police officers called for assistance from the Gastonia Fire and Emergency Medical Services about a possible death inside the house. 
 
Police say that the Fire Department assisted with making entry into the back door of the home and Upon entry, Gastonia Police Officer Josh Lefevers announced his presence and was confronted by  Allen, who had a gun in his hand, and the officer shot and fatally wounded him. 
 
 Upon completion of the investigation the The NC State Bureau of Investigation’s findings will be presented to the Gaston County District Attorney’s Office. 
 
Officer Lefevers was hired by the Gastonia Police Department on Aug. 6, 2012, and is assigned to the Patrol Division.
 
He has been placed on administrative leave, and the police department is conducting an administrative investigation, which is standard procedure in officer involved shootings.