A Gaston County Police officer shot a man early Friday who police said pointed a shotgun at them when they responded to an incident at a home southeast of Gastonia.
A family member of Casey Chapman States, 29, called police shortly before 5 a.m. to say States was suicidal and had a shotgun, police said.
Police said they talked with States by phone and in person at the home on Valleydale Drive, but States pointed the shotgun at one of the officers.
That’s when the officer shot States, who was in the home.
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States was taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released. Police haven’t said in what part of his body States was shot.
States was then taken to the Gaston County Magistrate’s Office, charged with felony assault by pointing a gun at a law enforcement officer and jailed on $500,000 bail.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave. That’s standard procedure while an internal investigation is done.
Police asked the State Bureau of Investigation to also investigate the incident.
Police said they are not releasing the officer’s name immediately.
Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call Gaston County Police at 704-866-3320 or Crime Stoppers at 704-861-8000.