A woman is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Lenoir Tuesday morning.
According to Lenoir Police, officers responded to a call for a possible overdose at a home on Starcross Road. When they arrived, officers tried to make contact with a woman at the home to determine if medical assistance would be required.The officers said they tried to speak with the woman before she became agitated and produced two knives.
Lenoir Officers asked the female to drop the knives but the woman refused prompting an officer to deploy a Taser. “The woman dropped the weapons momentarily before retrieving them and charging at the officers with the knives in a narrow hallway of the home,” a news release stated.
According to department officials, officers perceived a lethal threat and one of them fired his service weapon, striking the woman.
The woman was taken to Caldwell UNC Healthcare Hospital in Lenoir, where she died from her injuries enroute. Her name has not been officially released.
No officers were injured.
The involved Lenoir Officer will be placed on administrative leave, according to the department.
Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are investigating.