KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC (WBTV) - A man was fatally shot by police in Kings Mountain after he reportedly was involved in a hit and run in North Carolina and led multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase through two states.
According to officials in Gaston County the driver, whose name has not been released, was involved in a hit and run with another vehicle in Gastonia Thursday morning.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol came across the vehicle and attempted to stop the driver. Officials say the chase continued down Highway 321 into South Carolina where the York County Sheriff's Officer and Clover Police joined the chase.
The driver reportedly shot at officers during the chase in South Carolina.
That's when he reportedly drove back into North Carolina and Gaston County deputies and troopers continued chasing the driver.
When the driver got into Kings Mountain, officials say he jumped out of the car and started to run. As he ran away, officials say he fired shots over his shoulder at officers. When he came to the corner of Branch Street, he reportedly stopped and pointed his weapon at two Kings Mountain police officers.
Both officers fired shots at the man, killing him. No other people were injured in the shooting.
Two Clover Police Officers and two York County deputies also fired at the suspect when he was in South Carolina. He also crashed into two patrol cars, according to Sheriff Tolson.
The two deputies and the two police officers are on administrative leave pending the investigation. That makes six officers who fired shots.
One Clover officer was injured when the suspect was driving by. He was taken to the hospital with head and arm injuries, but has been released. No other officers were injured.
Clover Middle School, Bethany Middle School, Kinard Elementary and Louisville Academy were all on lockdown between 8:20 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. while the chase was going on through their area, according to officials with the Clover School District.
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is normal procedure following a shooting.