Crime

1 shot and killed by officers after Gaston County chase

WBTV

One person was shot and killed by Dallas police as officers chased a person they believed was involved in a phony check scheme at a Gaston County grocery store.

The shooting happened about 3 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 321 in Gaston County near the Dallas-Cherryville exit. Officers haven’t released the name or any other information about the person who was killed or the officers involved in the chase and shooting. None of the officers involved was seriously injured.

Police were called out to the Ingles grocery store regarding a bogus check scheme, said Dallas police Chief Gary Buckner. Officers had been called to the store for similar problems in the past, Buckner said.

Officers arrived and arrested two people, Buckner said. They were identified as Odell Dewayne Lloyd Jr. and Eric Darnell White, according to WBTV, the Observer’s media partner.

Police said an Ingles employee recognized Lloyd from fraudulent checks passed in November.

Lloyd, 43, of Charlotte, was in the Gaston County Jail on $5,145 bail Wednesday. He is charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense and obtaining property by false pretense. He has a court hearing at 2 p.m. Wednesday, jail records show.

White, 59, of Charlotte, is free on $2,000 bail.

Police said another person sped away in what appeared to be a gray or silver 1990s model Ford Crown Victoria. Dallas police officers gave chase on nearby U.S. 321.

At one point, the officers were able to force the car to stop. But Buckner said the driver accelerated toward the officers, striking a patrol car. At least one officer discharged his weapon.

“As officers approached the suspect vehicle, the suspect struck two patrol vehicles and officers fired shots,” he said.

Buckner said he couldn’t disclose the number of officers who fired shots.

The suspect, apparently struck and wounded, sped away, and officers continued to pursue. But about a mile away from the site of the shooting, the suspect crashed.

Officers approached the vehicle for a second time and saw the suspect unresponsive inside. They removed the suspect from the car and rendered medical aid. The suspect was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Buckner didn’t reveal details about the investigation, which has been taken over by the State Bureau of Investigation. Ultimately, authorities will have to determine whether the officer was justified in using deadly force, Buckner said.

“A vehicle is considered a deadly weapon by North Carolina statute,” he said. “That’s part of the investigation that the SBI is conducting.”

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave as criminal and internal investigations continue.

Police weren’t looking for any other suspects in connection with the check scheme. “We don’t believe that anyone else was involved in this,” Buckner said. “We believe everyone else was accounted for.”

“Please bear with us and the State Bureau of Investigation,” Buckner admonished the public. “All of this is going to be investigated in great detail.”

Buckner asked anyone who observed the police activity at Ingles on Hardin Road to contact police or the SBI.

Staff Writer Joe Marusak contributed

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson

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