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N. Carolina robbery suspect killed after taking hostages

November 19, 2021 GMT

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A suspect in an armed robbery in North Carolina was shot and killed by law enforcement officers after he took hostages at a different location, police said Friday.

Gaston County Police said in a news release that the suspect fled the scene of an armed robbery on Thursday in adjacent Cleveland County. After the robbery, Cherryville police officers encountered the suspect while conducting a follow-up investigation into the armed robbery.

The suspect fled in a vehicle, and several agencies gave chase, according to the news release. The suspect crashed the vehicle, and after a foot pursuit, Cherryville police encountered the man again and shots were fired.

During a search, police learned the suspect had gone to a deli between Cherryville and Bessemer City and taken hostages. Gaston County law enforcement officers encountered the suspect and shots were fired, killing the suspect.

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The identity of the suspect has not been released. No other injuries were reported, Gaston County Police said.

The Gaston Gazette reports the initial robbery involved an employee at a business who was robbed at gunpoint of a cellphone, cash and a ring.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation will look into the shootings, which is standard when law enforcement officers fire their weapons.