Police Investigate An Officer-Involved Shooting In Bessemer City, Suspect Killed  

GASTON CO., N.C. — Gaston County Police say a man was killed in an officer-involved shooting that occurred near a home in Bessemer City on Wednesday.

On June 16th, officers say they responded to a home on Sunset Lane in Gaston County around 8 a.m. to serve an arrest warrant on two wanted suspects.

Officers say while at the home they identified a third person with outstanding warrants and attempted to take the suspect into custody.

Police say the suspect, later identified as Billy Barker, ran from officers and a foot chase ensued.

Officers say when the suspect attempted to get something from his waistband, they perceived this as a threat, and shot Barker.

Barker was immediately taken to a local hospital where he later died, according to a news release.

Billy Barker Pic

Billy Barker

No officers with the Bessemer City Police Department were injured, and authorities say the names of officers involved are also currently being withheld.

The investigation into this case remains active and ongoing.

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