Burke County Deputies Shoot, Injure Man Sparking Investigation

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — Burke County deputies shot a man Thursday night after he pointed a gun at a deputy’s head, according to authorities.

Deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Airport Rhodhiss Road around 11:25 p.m. after a shots fired call for service. The caller stated that their neighbors were trespassing on her property and someone was shooting towards her direction.

Once at the scene, deputies went to the reported location to investigate the source of the gunshots.

Deputies say they announced “Sheriff’s Office” to occupants of the home as they approached the porch. Right before stepping on the porch, a man came out of the front door with a gun pointed at the first deputy’s head.

Shots were then exchanged and the man fell to the ground after being hit with gunfire, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies render aid to the man until Icard Fire Department’s first responders and Burke County EMS arrived at the scene.

The unidentified man was transported by Burke County EMS to the hospital. His current condition is unknown. No deputies were injured.

Pursuant to Burke County Sheriff’s Office Policy and Procedure, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was called and requested to investigate the officer involved shooting. The deputy involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave pursuant to the completion of the SBI investigation.