MONROE, N.C. -- A man was killed in an officer-involved shooting late Thursday night in Union County.
The Union County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to a home on Wolf Pond Road to serve an arrest warrant for an assault that occurred during a domestic dispute earlier Thursday evening.
When deputies arrived on scene, they were told by a witness outside the home that the wanted suspect, Brent Taylor Catoe, fled into a growth of dense brush and trees immediately behind the house, carrying a shotgun and a handgun.
A K-9 team on the scene initiated a track of Catoe and officers located him a short distance from the home about 11:30 p.m.
They repeatedly ordered Catoe, 49, to drop the weapons and surrender. He refused to follow the commands of the officers, and pointed one of the weapons at the officers.
Officers fired in self-defense, striking and killing Catoe.
The sheriff's office is not releasing the names of the officers involved in the incident pending interviews by investigators and the SBI.
Investigators remained on the scene through the night conducting their investigation. The three officers directly involved in the incident were not injured, and will be placed on administrative leave, which is a standard procedure for all officer-involved shootings.
“Any loss of life is a tragedy, and our thoughts go out to the people affected by this incident," said Sheriff Eddie Cathey. "However, in a deadly force incident, officers are trained to protect their own lives, the lives of their colleagues and the lives of innocent civilians from those who would use deadly force against them. It appears at this time, our officers acted appropriately, consistent with their training, agency policy and state law."
The findings of the SBI investigation will be forwarded to the Union County District Attorney for his review and final ruling.