RALEIGH, N.C. -- A man was fatally shot by police in a flooded area of Lumberton Monday evening.
Two members of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office and a State Highway Patrol Sergeant were conducting search and rescue operations when they encountered a man in the flooded portion of West Fifth Street.
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the man became hostile towards the officers and displayed a handgun.
After observing the handgun, the sergeant shot the man, who died of his injuries, officials say. North Carolina Department of Public Safety identified the deceased as 56-year-old Dennis Hunt, of Lumberton.
During a press conference Tuesday, North Carolina Governor McCrory said, "We don't have all the details of this; it did occur in very-unique circumstances in high water."
"I am proud that our first responders were in the community rendering aid to our citizens," said Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. "While we are saddened by any loss of life, I am thankful that our member and the Robeson County Sheriff's deputies were not injured."
The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation into the shooting.
The sergeant, J.F. Hinson, a 13-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave pending a standard internal investigation, said the NCDPS.
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