Crime & Courts

Union County deputy shoots man who refused to drop knife, sheriff says

A Union County sheriff’s deputy shot a man late Wednesday who ignored the officer’s orders to drop a knife and continued to approach the deputy, Sheriff Eddie Cathey said.

The man, identified as Kenneth Oneil Howie III, was taken by Union County EMS to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with non-life-threatening injuries, Cathey said in a news release.

The deputy responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 2100 block of Porter Drive in Waxhaw, the sheriff said.

The call for help reported that a man was chasing another man with a knife, Cathey said.

The deputy arrived at about 11:15 p.m. and reported to dispatch that the man with the knife was approaching him in the yard and had ignored the deputy’s repeated orders to drop the knife, Cathey said.

“The officer was forced to draw his service weapon and fired one shot which struck Howie,” the sheriff said in the statement.

The State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case because it was an officer-involved shooting, and sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Keziah said it will be up to the SBI to release the deputy’s name.

The Observer has left email and phone messages with SBI spokesperson Teresa West at SBI headquarters in Raleigh.

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