North Carolina trooper fatally shoots man amid floodwaters

A swift water rescue team down a street covered by floodwaters caused by rain from Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, N.C., Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Spencer)
A swift water rescue team down a street covered by floodwaters caused by rain from Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, N.C., Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Spencer)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Highway Patrol has released the name of the man shot and killed by a state trooper in the city of Lumberton in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

The statement released by the patrol Wednesday night identified the man as 56-year-old Dennis Hunt.

McCrory said the trooper and two Robeson County sheriff’s deputies encountered the man while going through high water in a Humvee around 8 p.m. Monday.

According to the patrol, Sgt. J.F. Hinson and two members of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office were conducting search and rescue operations in Lumberton on Monday when they encountered Hunt.

Authorities say Hunt became hostile toward the officers and displayed a handgun. Hinson saw the handgun and shot the man.

Hinson is a 13-year veteran of the patrol. He has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. The patrol has requested that the State Bureau of Investigation conduct the shooting investigation.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. A woman answering the phone in the agency’s Fayetteville office said all the agents were out in the field helping with the investigation or flooding and there was no additional information to release.

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