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Two Gastonia police officers were involved in the fatal shooting of Gastonia man Friday night.
According to a Gastonia police spokesperson, it happened at 916 Ninth Ave. around 9:00 pm. Officers Michael Watts and Travis Kistler had gone to a call involving domestic violence with a weapon.
Two people had been assaulted with hedge clippers: the suspect's sister, and the sister's boyfriend. They ran and called police.
When police arrived, they had a confrontation with Kenneth Glaze in the backyard of his home. During a struggle for one of the officers' guns, shots were fired, and Glaze, 50, died.
"I was laying there on my bed and all of a sudden I heard about five shots...pow pow pow pow pow..I said somebody just lost their life tonight," Mark Mason said.
"I just thought it was crazy there were so many cops. I didn't have any idea what had happened..I talked to one of the cops and he just told me there was a incident... it's a little scary just to think that happened so close to my house," Ryan Dever said.
Jail records show Glaze has been charged twice in the last year with assault with a deadly weapon.
Police say they know the address well.
The State Bureau of Investigation has been called to investigate and will present the investigation to the District Attorney. The Gastonia Police Department Office of Professional Standards is also conducting an administrative investigation. Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
Officer Watts, 34, is a veteran police officer who has worked with the department since September 1999. Officer Kistler, 24, has three years of service with GPD, having been hired in May 2009. Both are assigned to the Patrol Division in the Central District.