A man is in surgery after an officer involved shooting in eastern Burke County on Wednesday.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office was conducting a no-knock search warrant when the shooting happened, said Sheriff Steve Whisenant. The warrant was issued as part of an ongoing drug investigation, according to a BCSO press release.
As the SWAT team was clearing the house, Whisenant said they found a man and his girlfriend in their bed.
The girlfriend was escorted out of the house, but the man refused to get out of bed or move his hands out from under the blankets, Whisenant said.
“The suspect would never get up, never show his hands,” Whisenant said. “We spent about 25 minutes in negotiations with him. He kept telling officers, ‘I’m going to kill you, I’m going to make you kill me.’”
When the man made a quick movement, a SWAT officer shot him, Whisenant said.
While the man did not have a weapon on him in bed, a handgun was found in the bedroom.
The man, whose identity was not released, was airlifted to a hospital and was in surgery at 12:45 p.m., Whisenant said.
Police originally were investigating narcotics at the home. Since investigators knew there were firearms in the home, they opted for a no-knock search warrant, Whisenant said.
After the shooting, the investigation was turned over to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
More information will be published as it becomes available.
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