KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has identified a man who was shot and killed by officers Thursday morning after leading police on a multi-state chase ending in Kings Mountain.
The man has been identified as Matthew Whitley, 26. The two Kings Mountain Police Officers involved in the fatal shooing of Whytley have been identified as Officer Chris Tate and Officer Joshua Bryant.
SBI said around 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 investigators were contacted by Kings Mountain authorities to investigate a fatal officer-involved shooting.
The incident began in Gastonia, North Carolina earlier in the day when a Gastonia police officer began pursuing a vehicle believed to be associated with a hit-and-run.
The suspect vehicle entered into York County, South Carolina and then back into North Carolina where authorities from the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, Gaston County Police Department, Bessemer City Police Department, NC State Highway Patrol and Kings Mountain Police Department made attempts to stop and secure the driver.
During this encounter, Kings Mountain Police Officers Tate and Bryant engaged the driver outside of the vehicle in the area of Branch Street in Kings Mountain. Officers Tate and Bryant discharged their service weapons, killing Matthew Whitley.
Authorities from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were notified and agreed to conduct an investigation into the driver’s encounter with law enforcement in York County, South Carolina, which occurred just prior to the shooting in North Carolina.
This in an ongoing investigation. SBI Agents were able to recover body camera footage from Kings Mountain Police as well as dash camera footage from multiple agencies involved. SBI agents will present the case facts to DA upon completion.