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Union County man killed in officer-involved shooting

MONROE, N.C. -- An officer-involved shooting late Thursday night left a Union County man dead after officials say he pointed a weapon at officers.

The State Bureau of Investigation and the Union County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the shooting, which happened around 11:30 p.m. on Wolf Pond Road, just south of Monroe.

Brent Taylor Catoe, 49, was shot by officers who officials say fired in self-defense.

The officers responded to 3222 Wolf Pond Road shortly after 11 p.m. to serve an arrest warrant for assault on a female in connection to a domestic violence incident that occurred shortly after 8 p.m., according to a sheriff’s office release.

Deputies initially went to the home next door, and when they arrived at the correct address a witness outside said Catoe had taken a handgun and shotgun and run into the brush and trees behind the home.

Officials said a K-9 team helped locate Catoe a short distance away and officers repeatedly ordered him to drop the weapons and surrender.

“(Catoe) refused to follow the commands of the officers and pointed one of the weapons at the officers. Officers fired in self-defense and struck (Catoe), fatally injuring him,” stated the release.

Catoe’s driver record listed his address as 3404 Wolf Pond Road, which authorities said was recently renumbered as 3222 Wolf Pond Road.

Sheriff Eddie Cathey said officer-involved shootings are “extremely rare” in Union County. While any loss of life is a tragedy, Cathey said, it appears the officers responded to deadly force intent with the appropriate response consistent with their training, agency policy and state law.

The three officers who were directly involved have been placed on administrative leave, which authorities said is standard procedure for all officer-involved shootings. Their names will not be released until they’ve been interviewed by the SBI and Sheriff’s Office investigators.

Once completed, the SBI will forward the findings of its investigation to the Union County District Attorney for final ruling.

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