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Officers cleared in deadly shooting after man stole city work truck

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) -

Two Hickory police officers are expected to return to work next week after they were cleared in a deadly shooting from June where a man stole a city of Hickory work truck and pulled a gun on officers.

Hickory Police officials say an investigation by state investigators cleared Officer Clayton Albrecht and Master Police Officer John Ray of any wrong doing in the death of Drew Marian Spencer.

The officers were called to the parking lot of the Kangaroo Express along the 2800-block of North Center Street back in June.

They questioned Spencer who was driving a stolen City of Hickory work truck which had heavy damage to the right side of the vehicle.

One of the officers recognized the 21-year-old from a previous fight at a local bar and Spencer pulled a gun on the officers. They ran while firing at Spencer, who was hit and killed.

The incident was caught on the Kangaroo Express surveillance camera.

"In making our determination we have considered the events and circumstances surrounding Mr. Spencer's detainment, statements by non-law enforcement witnesses, interviews of the officer's present, as well as the surveillance footage of the incident included in the file," the letter clearing the officers stated.

"Any loss of life is a tragedy, and our thoughts go out to the people affected by this incident," said Chief of Police Tom Adkins. "However, in a deadly force incident, officers are trained to protect their own lives and the lives of their colleagues from those who would use deadly force against them.

Both Officers Albrecht and Ray will return to their normal duties this week.

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