Police say an off-duty Rowan County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man who was trying to rob a Salisbury restaurant Tuesday night.
The shooting took place shortly after 9 p.m. at the China Buffet, in the 200 block of North Arlington Street, according to Salisbury police.
The name of the man who was killed has not been released.
Investigators say a masked man carrying a shotgun entered the restaurant and tried to rob it. The sheriff’s deputy was eating at the restaurant and confronted the robbery suspect, police said.
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Police say at some point, the deputy fired at the suspect, hitting him in the upper torso.
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating, as is customary with all officer-involved shootings. The district attorney’s office will decide whether the shooting was justified. Steve Lyttle