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Gastonia officer involved in shooting during traffic stop of stolen vehicle

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Police say one person is in custody after an officer-involved shooting with a Gastonia Police officer from Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Gastonia Police Department, the shooting stemmed from a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle call along the 1600 block of South York Road around 4 p.m.

A man, later identified as 37-year-old Larry Dean Kitchin, charged at two officers while driving a stolen truck, striking an officer's car before fleeing the scene.

One officer suffered minor injuries when he was struck while in his car.

The officers pursued Kitchin briefly before he wrecked the truck, jumped out and fled on foot. He was tracked by a K-9, and later apprehended.

An officer fired a shot during the incident, but no one was hit or injured, police said.

Officials said the firing of the officer's weapon is under investigation in accordance with departmental policy.

Kitchin was charged by Gastonia Police with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer. He was charged by Gaston County Police with larceny of a motor vehicle, kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon. 

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