Lenoir police officers shot an armed man Monday afternoon, and an officer was grazed by a bullet, according to a news release from the department.
Around 12:40 p.m. the Lenoir Police Department got a 911 call about an armed person in the 2100 block of Morganton Boulevard, near a restaurant and a grocery store, according to a statement from the Lenoir Police Department. Two undercover officers and one uniformed patrol officer went to the location.
Officers interpreted the armed man’s actions as an imminent threat, according to police, and the man. One officer was also grazed by gunfire, the release said.
Officers administered first aid to the man they shot and he was taken by helicopter to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with life-threatening injuries.
The officer was taken to Caldwell UNC Health Care in Lenoir, where he was treated and released.
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating. The Lenoir Police Department’s professional standards team will conduct an investigation to determine whether the officers followed department policies and procedures.
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard when officers discharge service weapons, police said.