SMITHFIELD — The State Bureau of Investigation on Monday was looking into a deputy-involved fatal shooting that happened in Wilson County early Sunday, shortly after two armed robberies in Smithfield.
The SBI took the case at the request of the Wilson County Sheriffs Office, spokeswoman Jennifer Canada said.
It is standard procedure for the SBI to investigate any shooting by a law-enforcement officer.
Shortly after midnight Saturday, Smithfield police were called to a Kangaroo Express on North Brightleaf Boulevard, which also is N.C. 96 and U.S. 301.
The store had been robbed by a man armed with a handgun, officers were told.
A short time later, a man reported that an armed man robbed him outside the American Pride Car Wash not far from the Kangaroo Express and had taken his vehicle, police said.
Smithfield police issued an alert to agencies in the area, and a chase began after the car had left Smithfield, they said.
Deputies say the shooting happened as the chase ended on N.C. Highway 42 near Interstate 95 in Wilson County. Wilson and Johnston County deputies fired at the man after he crashed into a deputys car.
The man was taken to the Wilson Medical Center and later died. His name has not been released.
At least three police cars were damaged, including two from the Selma Police Department. Wilson police officers took part in the chase along with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Authorities closed the I-95 interchange at N.C. Highway 42 for hours as the wreck and shooting were investigated.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.