A deputy fatally shot a 42-year-old man in Burke County on Monday night after the man pointed a gun at him, Sheriff Steve Whisenant said Tuesday.
Jeffrey Andrew Jacobs refused repeated commands to drop his gun before the deputy fired one shot at him, according to the sheriff.
Jacobs’ gun turned out to be a C02 pistol, a type of air gun, but was “a perfect replica of a real revolver,” Whisenant said.
The deputy shot Jacobs in the 2300 block of U.S. 70 West near Morganton after responding to a 911 call at 7:01 p.m. about a man beating a woman in the road. The caller said the man had a revolver and a knife, the sheriff said. Jacobs and the woman were outside a mobile home.
The deputy and a State Highway Patrol trooper administered first aid on Jacobs until EMS arrived. Jacobs died as EMS drove him to Carolina HealthCare System Blue Ridge, Morganton.
Whisenant called in the State Bureau of Investigation to investigate the shooting. SBI agents processed the scene and interviewed witnesses until about midnight, according to the sheriff.
The deputy, whose name has not been released, is a four-year sheriff’s office veteran, Whisenant said. The deputy is on administrative leave until the investigation ends and District Attorney David Learner decides whether the deputy was justified in shooting Jacobs.