Police: Suspect Shot & Killed By Deputy During Lincoln County Traffic Stop

LINCOLNTON, N.C. — A Lincoln County deputy has been placed on administrative leave after shooting and killing a suspect attempting to flee the scene during a traffic stop early Saturday morning

Deputies attempted to conduct the traffic stop on a 2001 Honda Accord traveling on Woolie Road in Lincolnton around 12:19 a.m.

During the traffic stop, police say the suspect attempted to flee the scene dragging a deputy through a field.

While being dragged while inside the open driver’s side door, the deputy drew his service gun and shot the suspect.

Police say the deputy was then thrown from the vehicle and the vehicle continued moving until striking a tree.

Deputies on the scene attempted to give aid to the suspect who died at the scene.

Police describe the suspect as a 38-year-old White man with an outstanding warrant and a lengthy criminal history.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has body camera footage of the entire incident.

The SBI is investigating the shooting.

The deputy involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

The name of the suspect has not yet been released.

Police say this is a tragic event for both the family of the suspect and officer involved in the incident.

Check back for updates.