LENOIR, N.C. -- Police in Lenoir say officers shot and killed a man after he pulled a revolver during a confrontation in a Walmart Tuesday morning.
Around 8:30 Tuesday morning, Lenoir Police officers responded to a call from Walmart employees about suspicious activity at the location on Blowing Rock Boulevard. That's where Chief Scott Brown says they encountered 32-year-old Carl Nivins, who attempted to run from the store.
"He ultimately produced a weapon, and at this point, we believe he fired at least one shot," Brown said.
Police say that Nivins pulled a .38 caliber revolver from his waistband and turned toward officers while running from the store and fired at least one shot at officers.
Brown says the officers returned fire, hitting and killing Nivins in the process. Evidence was surveyed and collected from out front of the store Tuesday morning, including the weapon Nivins fired. The officers were wearing body cameras, and according to Brown, the audio and video paint a clear picture of what happened in the store.
That video is not available at this time.Lenoir Police have confirmed the .38 Taurus revolver Nivins used in the shooting was reported stolen in Burke County on Saturday. Krista Walton says it makes her nervous because she lives right across the street."I'm here usually on a daily basis, I worked at this Walmart for seven years," Walton said. "So I've seen it all, but this tops the whole topper."Two other people were identified by Lenoir authorities. Natasha Rae Stanley, 24, and Jose Alberto Flores, 33, were arrested on outstanding warrants from Burke County on unrelated charges. Stanley was arrested for failure to appear on nonsupport and Flores was arrested for felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police say that further charges are expected in this case.
Customers like Duck Mikeal were still able to go in and out of one of the store's entrances Tuesday while the crime scene was investigated."It is shocking I mean you know, a little old hometown like this, but you don't ever know," Mikeal said.SBI agents were on scene as well. Chief Brown says he believes the shooting by his officers was justified. Walton hopes an incident like this doesn't happen here ever again."This town just doesn't have this kind of an issue with the police and what not, so I'm just hoping it's a one time occurrence," Walton said.Nivins did have a lengthy criminal history. The SBI is now handling this investigation.The officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, as is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.