Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam has identified Ray Lee Correll of Lincolnton as the man killed during an officer-involved shooting Friday afternoon.
Correll, 38, was shot and killed after deputies were dispatched to a residence at Westdale Lane in Lincolnton at about 5:42 p.m. on a report of a man in the front yard of the home threatening to shoot himself.
The man had a gun to his head when officers arrived, officials said. He continued to threaten the deputies and fired shots into the ground, then rushed toward the officers, pointing his handgun at them, a release stated. Officers returned fire.
Beam said his officers are “trained to deescalate out-of-control situations but the man rushed our officers and was a short distance away from them when he was shot,” a release stated.
The three deputies involved in the incident were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation. This is standard protocol in an officer-involved shooting.
“Our condolences go out to the family of man who died,” Beam stated in the release. “It’s a tragedy, not only a tragedy for them but a tragedy for my officers because they will have to live with this for the rest of their days in their law enforcement career.”
A debriefing will be held during the upcoming week for officers and emergency personnel who were at the scene.