Davidson County deputy shoots mental patient in Iredell County

A man being transported from one mental facility to another was shot and killed by a Davidson County deputy on Monday following a struggle in Iredell County, the Davidson Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. on Interstate 40 near mile marker 157 in Iredell County, according to Chief Deputy Major Brian Grubb.

Images from the Observer’s news partner, WBTV, showed nearly 20 law enforcement vehicles in the median of the interstate.

Authorities haven’t released the name of the deputy or the man who was killed.

The deputy has been suspended with pay.

Grubb said the prisoner had been involuntarily committed to a hospital in Davidson County and was being transported to another hospital. Per policy, the prisoner was in the back seat of the Sheriff’s Office vehicle.

At some point, a struggle broke out. In a news release, the Sheriff’s Office said the deputy was assaulted by the prisoner.

“I don’t know exactly what happened,” Grubb said. “I don’t know how he came out.”

The deputy fired at least one shot, killing the man. The deputy was not injured.

The shooting is being investigated by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, Grubb said. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation also has been called in.