Veteran Kings Mountain Police Officer Recovering Following Shootout

 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. – A Kings Mountain police officer was shot Saturday evening near Kings Mountain Country Club.  Corporal Frank Lee Whittington Jr. was wounded in his abdomen and taken to a hospital in Shelby where he is now recovering from surgery. The suspect was shot by the officer and transported to a hospital in Gastonia where he also required surgery.

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Kings Mountain Corporal Frank Whittington Jr.

Police responded to a call reporting a suspicious individual outside a residence on Downing Drive in Kings Mountain at 8:01 PM. The suspect headed towards the country club, where Whittington encountered the individual and the exchange of gunfire took place.

Kings Mountain Police Chief Lisa Proctor provided an update late Saturday night, saying that they are thankful Cpl Frank Lee Whittington Jr. is still alive, acknowledging the recent tragedies in Mount Holly and Concord. Whittington is a 13 year veteran law enforcement officer.

Proctor confirmed that the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is taking over the case, as is standard in an officer involved shooting.

Kings Mountain Police Shooting 12 19 2020