Person shot and killed by police in Bessemer City, investigation underway

Published: Jun. 16, 2021 at 10:53 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 7:02 PM EDT
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GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - One person was shot and killed by police in Bessemer City Wednesday morning, according to officials.

The shooting happened near a home on N. 12th Street near W. Iowa Avenue before 10:30 a.m. Bessemer City Police Chief Tom Ellis confirmed that no officers were injured in the incident.

At the scene, officers had the entire area around a home taped off as they investigated.

Bessemer City police said officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant for two wanted people at a home on Sunset Lane.

At that time, officers found another person, identified as Billy Jack Barker, at the home who was also wanted on outstanding warrants.

The homeowner Patsy Grigg says Barker is a family friend who she was letting stay in a camper in her backyard.

Police said Barker then ran from officers, while officers chased on foot for a short distance.

Barker allegedly refused officers’ commands to stop and show his hands and he made several attempts to retrieve something from his waistband, according to police.

Police said officers determined the man’s actions were a threat and shot him.

The person was taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center, where he died.

“I wanna know why they shot him and how many times they shot him,” his friend, Jessica Grigg, told WBTV.

Officer C.L. Jarvis and Det. D.F. James have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of parallel investigations.

The Internal Affairs Bureau with the Bessemer City Police Department will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether department policies and procedures were adhered to during the incident.

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