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N. Carolina man in critical condition after police shooting

August 31, 2021 GMT

LENOIR, N.C. (AP) — Officers shot and wounded a man who investigators believe stole a vehicle from a North Carolina parking lot, police said.

A news release from the Lenoir Police Department says two undercover officers and a patrol officer confronted Joshua Alan Kirby, 25, in response to a 911 call regarding an armed man. According to police, officers perceived a threat from Kirby and shot him. The news release didn’t say if Kirby fired at officers, but did say one of the officers suffered a graze wound. The gun that Kirby had was recovered on the scene, according to the news release,

After the officers gave first aid, Kirby was taken to a local hospital, where police said he was in critical condition. The officer who was grazed was treated at a local hospital and released, police said.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is the standard procedure whenever officers fire their weapons.