RALEIGH, N.C.-- A man in Lumberton was shot and killed by a NC State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) Trooper Monday night.

The NCSHP office says around 8:08 p.m., two deputies with the Robeson County Sheriff’s office and a sergeant with NCSHPl were conducting search and rescue operations in Lumberton when it happened. Officers were driving on a flooded portion of West Fifth Street when they saw an armed man who became hostile towards the officers. The Trooper shot the man who died.

The identity of the man has not been released.

“I am proud that our first responders were in the community rendering aid to our citizens,” said Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. “While we are saddened by any loss of life, I am thankful that our member and the Robeson County Sheriffs’ deputies were not injured.”

At the request of the Highway Patrol, the State Bureau of Investigation is conducting the shooting investigation. The sergeant has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation as is standard operating procedure in any Patrol involved shooting.

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