Johnston deputy on leave after man with machete killed

From Staff ReportsDecember 15, 2012 

A Johnston County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man early Saturday morning after investigators say the man ran toward the deputy waving a machete.

The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. after law enforcement was called to a home on Richardson Road, near the rural Corinth-Holders community in northern Johnston. A 911 caller had reported a “disturbance” among family members at the home, Johnston sheriff’s spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said.

As soon as deputies arrived, the machete-wielding man approached one of them, Amaon said, and the deputy shot him. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The names of the man who died and the deputy haven’t been released, but Amaon said the information will likely be available Saturday afternoon. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave with pay – standard practice for shootings involving law enforcement – while the State Bureau of Investigation probes the incident, Amaon said.

No arrests were made at the scene, she said.

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