Two men died after they were shot by police in separate shootings, leading to a “rough 24 hours” in one part of North Carolina, officials say.
Guilford County deputies fired their weapons during the two incidents, which happened just seven miles apart, authorities told news outlets.
The events unfolded when an officer at about 8:30 a.m. Monday was trying to execute an order at a house in High Point, Capt. B. Hall said in a news conference streamed by WFMY and other Triad media outlets.
Victor Jarvis pushed the deputy before he went inside the home and locked the door behind him, officials say. The deputy heard a gunshot and called for backup, according to Hall.
Officials say they tried to negotiate with Jarvis, who fired “gunshots sporadically.”
When authorities went into the house at about 7 p.m., Jarvis shot two deputies, according to the sheriff’s office.
“In order to defend themselves and each other from Mr. Jarvis’ use of deadly force against them, three of our deputies returned fire, striking Mr. Jarvis who died at the scene of his injuries,” Hall said.
One deputy was hit in the jaw and will undergo surgery, Hall says. The other was grazed in the arm and is out of the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.
Hours later, Guilford County officials were called to a Jamestown home in response to a report of a man with a “possible intent to harm himself,” Hall said.
When officers got to the house at about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday, they talked to Dennis Patrick Jr., the sheriff’s office says.
“Shortly after this initial interaction, Mr. Patrick produced a firearm and fired a number of shots at the deputies,” Hall said.
Police officers and a deputy shot back at the man, who was shot and killed, officials say. None of the cops were hurt.
High Point police were also involved in the calls, according to Hall.
“It’s a tragic ending,” Hall said after the second shooting, according to WGHP. “It’s been a rough 24 hours for both agencies with two similar incidents in the same day.”
Hall says his department isn’t releasing the names of the deputies involved in the shootings. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is examining the cases, officials say.