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Man pointed air gun at deputy before officer fatally shot him, sheriff says

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday released a photo of the CO2 air gun that a man pointed at a sheriff’s deputy on Monday night before the deputy fatally shot him, and a photo of a real revolver. An officer wears an orange glove while holding the air gun. “Distinguishing between the CO2 weapon and a real revolver is difficult even in a calm non-threatening environment,” the sheriff’s office said.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday released a photo of the CO2 air gun that a man pointed at a sheriff’s deputy on Monday night before the deputy fatally shot him, and a photo of a real revolver. An officer wears an orange glove while holding the air gun. “Distinguishing between the CO2 weapon and a real revolver is difficult even in a calm non-threatening environment,” the sheriff’s office said. Burke County Sheriff’s Office

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.

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A deputy fatally shot a 42-year-old man in Burke County on Monday night after the man pointed an air gun at him, Sheriff Steve Whisenant said Tuesday. Steve Ohnesorge WBTV

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.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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