Rowan County deputy shoots, kills person man with knife after crash, authorities say

The incident started after a vehicle struck a tree on Rock Springs Drive.
The incident started after a vehicle struck a tree on Rock Springs Drive.
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 10:27 PM EDT
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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - One man is dead after being shot by a Rowan County Sheriff’s deputy Thursday night, authorities said.

According to the sheriff’s office, a deputy was called in reference to a disturbance that followed an accident involving a vehicle that struck a tree. The accident was reported at around 8:37 p.m. on Rock Spring Drive off Woodleaf Road.

When fire and EMS personnel arrived, they said they were confronted by a man armed with a knife and immediately called for deputies to respond, a news release stated.

A sheriff’s deputy arrived and was also confronted by the man who was still armed with a knife, according to law enforcement. The deputy fired at the individual, who was killed as a result of the shooting, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said.

He was identified as 46-year-old Steven Ray Johnson, of Charlotte and Salisbury. The RCSO has had no previous interaction with him, officials said.

While Rowan Sheriff’s deputies investigated the shooting, officers with the Cleveland Police Department helped with traffic control on Woodleaf Road.

No members of law enforcement were injured.

Authorities said the incident with Johnson was captured on the deputy’s body camera and a preliminary review by the sheriff’s office shows the shooting was justified and the deputy was acting in accordance with his use of force training and within the laws of the state.

According to the sheriff’s office, the deputy has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was contacted for further investigation.

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