The Shelby Police Department says a 27-year-old suspect was killed by officers during a shootout early Monday in south Shelby.
Investigators identified the suspect as Joey J. Bridges of Mitchell Street in Shelby. The officers involved in the incident were Sgt. John Hamrick and Officer Brandon Smith. Both are assigned to the patrol division.
It happened at 12:55 a.m. Monday when the officers were attempting to serve a felony warrant for possession of a firearm by a felon in the 1200 block of South Dekalb Street.
The officers said they spotted Bridges walk behind a residence on South Dekalb. When they followed, a confrontation erupted and shots were exchanged, police said. The suspect was struck and pronounced dead at the scene.
The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the case.
News of the shooting comes just five months after Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen was shot and killed while on a routine warrant delivery. It happened just one mile north of where the latest shooting occurred, on Parkview Street.
Investigators have charged Irving Lucien Fenner Jr. of Grover with first-degree murder in the shooting of Brackeen. Fenner is in the Gaston County jail.