Jacksonville police say armed encounter led to deadly officer-involved shooting

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Police said an armed encounter led to Tuesday’s deadly officer-involved shooting in Jacksonville.

Chief Mike Yaniero said just before 5:00 p.m., officers saw a car passing other vehicles in the center turn lane of Western Boulevard and make a U-turn in front of oncoming traffic.

The chief said officers then activated their lights and siren and tried to stop the vehicle. After a short pursuit, the vehicle crashed on White Street.

Yaniero said there was “an armed encounter, a short distance from the car” and an officer fired at one of those people inside the vehicle.

The chief said the man later died at Camp Lejeune Naval Medical Center.

He said a gun was recovered at the scene and that one officer is on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the SBI investigation into the deadly shooting.

Yaniero would not release the names of those involved, nor say if the dead man had fired a weapon or not.

“Again, this is the SBI’s case and I cannot answer those questions until they finish their investigation,” the chief said.

WITN has requested from the SBI the names of the dead man and the officer, as well as information on whether anyone else in the car was taken into custody.

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