‘Never been a threat’: Suspect shot dead by police after assaulting friend, Cherryville officer, police say

‘Never been a threat’: Suspect shot dead by police after assaulting friend, Cherryville officer, police say

CHERRYVILLE, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — State agents are investigating an officer-involved shooting in a Cherryville neighborhood.

After allegedly threatening officers and neighbors Sunday afternoon, a man is dead.

“We were sitting up here, just cutting up, laughing and stuff,” said Carrie Winstead, a friend of the suspect. “I haven’t laughed like that in a very long time.”

On February 4, officers say they were called to a home in the 400 block of West 2nd Street near West Church Street around 1 p.m. when a man was banging on doors.

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Witnesses say the man refused to calm down and assaulted a close friend before the police arrived.

“I started to walk away and come back home,” Winstead continued. ”Then he walked up to me. We were talking and he just hit me right in the eye, you know?”

Officials are not yet releasing the man’s name until they can notify family members, but Winstead says the whole scene was very out of character for her friend.

“I’ve never seen him raise his voice, ever,” she remarked. “Not even raise his voice out of anger.”

Authorities say the two responding officers and the suspect got into a fight and the suspect grabbed a pipe as a weapon.

The man was shot once by an officer, police say. The man was then taken to a local hospital, where he was declared dead.

“I don’t know. I think they handled it how they handled it and how they felt they needed to,” said Winstead. “He’s never been a threat. He’s never been a threat to nobody. I believe that. They probably could have tried other things before that because that’s pretty severe.”

Neighbors are left with crime tape on the street and the sadness of losing a friend.

“He was a really sweet guy. He didn’t bother nobody. He was a good friend,” Winstead continued.

As is policy, the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is investigating the incident, and the officers involved have been placed on administrative duties.

This is a developing story; check back for updates

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