Multiple agencies responded to shots fired at a deputy in Robeson County on Sunday, which led to an eight-hour fatal standoff between the shooter and law enforcement.
The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office identified the shooter as Kevin Anthony Battaglia, 33, homeowner and resident of 96 Acadiana Drive, where the standoff took place.
Around 2 p.m., deputies from the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from Acadiana Drive in Parkton, a town about 15 miles southwest of Fayetteville.
The call was in reference to a “well being check” and “weapon violation,” said a statement from the sheriff’s office.
When deputies approached Battaglia’s house he was armed, wearing a bullet proof vest and threatened the deputies, according to the sheriff’s office.
Shots were fired at the deputy who was returning to the patrol car to call for backup, according to the statement. Multiple agencies responded to the scene, including the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
The standoff between Battaglia and law enforcement lasted almost eight hours, the Fayetteville Observer reported, with several bursts of gunfire.
One state trooper was shot during the standoff but was not seriously injured, the Fayetteville Observer reported.
Residents in neighboring houses were evacuated, and surrounding roads were closed to traffic.
“Avoid Parkton if possible, suspect at large,” tweeted Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis Wright around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Battaglia was shot to death by law enforcement, the Fayetteville Observer reported, although the sheriff’s office did not comment on how Battaglia died.
“The incident ended with the death of the homeowner,” the sheriff’s office said.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Parkton Police Department, Parkton Fire Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigations responded to the incident.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating.