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Investigators release officers' names after deadly shooting in Hickory

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HICKORY, NC (WBTV) -

Investigators have released the names of two Hickory police officers involved in a deadly shooting after a man reportedly stole a city of Hickory work truck and pulled a gun on the officers.

According to Hickory Police, Officer Clayton Albrecht and Master Police Officer John Ray were called to the parking lot of the Kangaroo Express located at along the 2800-block of North Center Street in Hickory.

It happened around 3:40 a.m. Monday morning.

The officers were questioning a driver of a City of Hickory work truck who had pulled into the business because truck had heavy damage to the right side of the vehicle.

That's when, investigators say, officers recognized the driver, later identified 21-year-old Drew Marian Spencer, as from a fight on Sunday night at McCroskey's Irish Pub and Grill. Spencer then pulled a gun on the officers.

"The officer was able to retreat from the truck as he and another officer fired at the suspect," officials told WBTV.

"A handgun was in the suspect's hand when the officers re-approached the vehicle after the shooting," officials continued. "One spent shell casing was located in the suspect's weapon that appears to have malfunctioned after one shot was fired."

Spencer, who reportedly stole the city of Hickory work truck, was pronounced dead at the scene. The employee's personal truck was broken into as well.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Spencer family as well as the officers involved in this incident this morning and their families," said Chief of Police Tom Adkins. 

"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. Unfortunately, in this case, our officers had to use deadly force to protect themselves."

Ofc. Albrecht was hired by Hickory Police Department in July of 2012.  MPO Ray was hired in August of 2008.  Both officers are still on administrative leave with pay.

Officials say the incident was caught on the Kangaroo Express surveillance camera.

The Hickory Police Department has requested the North Carolina State Bureau conduct an investigation, while they conduct a separate administrative investigation of the incident.

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