Crime & Courts

Hickory police ID officers in fatal shooting

Hickory police say the officers involved in a fatal shooting early Monday were a six-year veteran of the department and a man with two years’ experience.

The officers involved in the shooting of 21-year-old Drew Marian Spencer of Taylorsville were Clayton Albrecht and John Ray, police said. Albrecht joined the department in July 2012 and Ray in August 2008.

Both officers are on administrative leave with pay, which is customary in cases of officer-involved shootings. The SBI has joined the investigation of the shooting by the officers, which is also standard procedure.

Investigators said Spencer pointed a gun at police when they approached him about 3:45 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of a Kangaroo Express convenience store on North Center Street. Police said they found a spent shell in the gun Spencer was holding and added that the handgun appeared to malfunction.

Neither police officer was injured.

“This is the second time in less than two weeks a suspect has shot at HPD officers while they were trying to apprehend suspects that had stolen a vehicle,” Hickory police Chief Tom Adkins said. “Unfortunately, in this case, our officers had to use deadly force to protect themselves.”