An investigation is underway in Lenoir this afternoon following an officer-involved shooting. The shooting was reported near the southwest loop of Highway 18. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is on the scene. No official word on injuries has been released.
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Officials say a suspect is in the hospital
The incident happened across from a grocery store on Morganton Boulevard in Lenoir around 12:40 p.m. after officials say Lenoir Police received a 911 call for service concerning an armed subject. Officials say two undercover officers and one uniformed patrol officer arrived on the scene and attempted to engage with the armed subject.
During the incident, officials say the responding officers determined that the suspect was an imminent threat due to his actions. Officers then reportedly tried to stop the threat by firing shots, striking the suspect. He suffered life-threatening injuries.
One of the officers was grazed during the incident. The officer was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries and has since been released.