CLAREMONT -- A Catawba County man was shot and seriously wounded by a sheriffs deputy Tuesday night, reportedly after pointing a gun at the law enforcement officer.
The Catawba County Sheriffs Office says deputies were called about 10 p.m. to a house off Gemstone Street, near Claremont, to deal with a domestic dispute between a husband and wife.
Family members reportedly had tried to stop the fight but were unable. The deputy said that when he arrived, the husband walked out the front door and pointed a handgun at him. The deputy fired, striking the man in the stomach.
The wounded man was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, with life-threatening injuries.
As is typical with officer-involved shootings, the SBI will investigate the case.
It was the second officer-involved shooting in 24 hours in Catawba County. A man was wounded by Hickory police gunfire Monday night when a shootout broke out after police tried to serve a search warrant in a drug investigation.
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