The State Highway Patrol on Monday identified the trooper who shot and killed a man in Lenoir County early Sunday when, the patrol said, a man running toward him from the scene of a shooting refused to stop and pointed a gun at the trooper.
William A. Hardison, 29, has been on the force for six years and is assigned to the Troop A station in Kinston, patrol spokesman Lt. Jeff Gordon said.
Hardison was placed on administrative duty while the State Bureau of Investigation looks into the incident, which is standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting in the state.
Troopers said Hardison had driven to Club Aries near Suttontown and Poole roads outside Kinston to help Lenoir County sheriff’s deputies who had been called to a shooting there.
Two men were running toward Hardison when he arrived, Gordon said. One had a gun. They did not stop when Hardison ordered them to, and the one with the gun pointed it at Hardison, the highway patrol said in its account.
Hardison shot and killed the man with the gun, and the other man surrendered, Gordon said.