NC deputies shoot, kill man during confrontation

PLEASANT HILL, N.C. (WAVY/AP) — A man was shot and killed in a confrontation with deputies in Northampton County, North Carolina early Saturday morning.

Deputies responded to a domestic dispute Friday evening at 4794 Big John Store Road in Pleasant Hill. Authorities say they were trying to arrest a man, who was identified as 59-year-old Melvin Faison, because he had assaulted his wife when a fight broke out.

Investigators say Faison pointed a handgun at the deputies. The deputies then retreated and set a perimeter. Faison went back inside his home. At 9:15 p.m., Faison came out of the residence and again pointed the gun at authorities. Deputy Christopher Collier and Deputy Teodore Antunez, Jr. shot at Faison, who went back inside and stopped communicating with law enforcement.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) sent agents from their special response team, bomb squad and hostage negotiation team to the scene.

Around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, authorities entered the home and found Faison dead.

Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith requested that SBI conduct an officer-involved shooting investigation.

The deputies were not injured in the shooting. Officials say they’ve been placed on administrative leave, as is standard practice while a shooting is investigated.

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