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Man killed in Friday confrontation with deputies

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A confrontation with Northampton County Sheriff’s Office deputies Friday night led to the death of a Pleasant Hill man.

Captain Courtney Williams said this morning the sheriff’s office is not immediately releasing the name of the man who was shot and killed or the names of the deputies involved.
He said Sheriff Jack Smith will release a more detailed statement later and declined further elaboration.
Smith said in a statement released early this morning the deputies, who were not injured, are on administrative leave under department policy pending investigation. Smith said it is protocol for officers to be placed on administrative leave in officer-involved shootings.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was called in by Smith to investigate the matter.
The shooting occurred shortly after 7:45 Friday night when deputies responded to Big John Store Road in the Pleasant Hill area on a domestic dispute call.
Williams said in the statement when deputies arrived they discovered a woman was assaulted by her husband during the dispute.
When deputies attempted to take the man into custody a confrontation ensued resulting in shots fired and the man’s death.

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