HICKORY, N.C. – A man is dead and a police officer was injured during a shooting that happened Friday morning while Hickory Police were trying to serve a search warrant.
The shooting happened at 1252 12th Street Place NW around 8:15 a.m.
According to Hickory Police, officers arrived at the home to serve a narcotics search warrant on William David Whetstone. When officers entered the home Whetstone was sitting on the couch. Officers ordered him not to move, but police say he reached between the cushions and pulled out a handgun pointing it at officers.
During the altercation, a Hickory Police Officer was shot in the arm. Whetstone was shot by officers.
Whetstone was pronounced dead at the scene by Catawba County EMS.
The injured officer has been identified at Sergeant Rodney Harris. He was treated at the hospital and released.
“This is a tragic situation and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved,” Chief Thurman Whisnant.
The two officers who fired their weapons have been identified as Master Police Officer David Lee and Sergeant Randy Isenhour. They have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure.
Crystal McDonald said her husband was friends with Whetstone.
She said he was a father to twin children, and he was in the process of looking for a job.
"My heart goes out to his kids and his dad," McDonald said. "I'm sorry that all this happened; that it's a shocker to me."
McDonald said Whetstone had a twin brother who also died at a young age.
Court records show Whetstone was considered a habitual felon, and he was scheduled to appear in court in three days to face charges of heroin trafficking.
He was also facing charges of possession of methamphetamine and robbery with a dangerous weapon.