Pursuit ends with suspect shot to death by police in Kings Mountain


KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — A police chase that crossed state lines ended Thursday morning with the suspect being shot to death by police in Kings Mountain, authorities said. 

Police tell FOX 46 Charlotte the suspect, a white male, was wanted in connection to a hit-and-run. He refused to pull over for the North Carolina Highway Patrol and led them on a chase that started in Gastonia and crossed over into South Carolina. 

Police said shots were fired in South Carolina, and the suspect rammed law enforcement vehicles in two different wrecks in York County. The chase continued into Gaston County where the ordeal ended with the suspect being shot to death by police as he tried to escape on foot on Cleveland Ave. in Kings Mountain.

The suspect was reportedly firing rounds at officers up until the point he was fatally shot, police said. 

Officers tried to resuscitate the suspect, but he was pronounced dead on scene. No word on the suspect’s age or identity at this time. The officers who fired the rounds, killing the suspect, have been placed on paid administrative leave per protocol. 

One officer sustained head and arm injuries during this incident. He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. 

Watch update given by police on Facebook live:

Multiple roads in Kings Mountain, North Carolina and Clover, South Carolina were shut down following the chase, as police called the incident ‘an active police investigation.’

The York County Sheriff’s Office said Lloyd White Road between Knox Road and Calvin Road in Clover was closed. A witness, Justus McCranie, captured the suspect attempting the flee from police on Lloyd White Road Thursday morning. 

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