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Police: Officer shoots and kills man on Cloverdale Drive in Greensboro

Greensboro police said the SBI is investigating after an officer shot and killed a person on Cloverdale Drive Friday night.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police said one person is dead after an officer-involved shooting Friday night. 

Police identified the person who died as 29-year-old Joseph Thomas Lee Lopez. 

Police said around 10:30 p.m., officers responded to Cloverdale Drive on a wanted person call. Police said the person at the address called after another person tried to get into their home.

"The person was wanted before Friday and the resident at the home did call police to that location," a spokesperson with Greensboro police said in an email. "The homeowner was familiar with the wanted person, but we are not able to provide any details on the nature of their relationship at this time.”

Investigators said they found the person behind the home in a shed. While confronting the person, one officer fired their gun, striking the person, according to Greensboro police. 

"Officers and EMS attempted life saving measures before the individual was pronounced deceased," GPD said in a statement.

Greensboro police confirmed Saturday that Lopez is the same person a crisis negotiator from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office talked into surrendering to authorities while barricaded Monday.

Both incidents happened on Cloverdale Drive, according to investigators.

A public records search shows Lopez is from Reidsville and has an extensive criminal history, dating back to 2011, with charges in both Virginia and North Carolina including breaking and entering and grand larceny.

Video shows the road at Cloverdale Drive blocked off with crime scene tape.

Police said the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation into the incident.

The Professional Standards Division of the Greensboro Police Department is also conducting an internal investigation to determine whether Greensboro Police Department policies were followed. 

It's a departmental policy that the officer involved in the incident will be placed on administrative duty.

Police said once the person is positively identified, more information about them will be released. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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