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Parole officer investigated by SBI after suspect dies during encounter

A probation and parole officer is under investigation in Wadesboro after a probation violator being chased on foot ended up dead, according to a statement from the State Bureau of Investigation.

SBI officials say they were contacted late Thursday by Wadesboro police and asked to conduct a “use of force” criminal investigation in the case. The officer was identified as William Kyle Torrence, 23. He has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation, which is standard procedure.

The identity of the probation absconder has not been released, pending family notification, officials said. Torrence was pursuing the suspect on foot and there is no indication that any shots were fired, state officials said.

The incident happened in the Sikes Drive area of north Wadesboro. Among the witnesses to the arrest were several Wadesboro Police officers, officials said.

The cause of death for the suspect wasn’t released, pending an autopsy. No weapon was located on the scene, officials said.

The SBI is asking anyone with information or who may have been in the area of Sikes Drive around 11:00 pm to contact the SBI at 704-454-5264.

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