RALEIGH (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says a state trooper shot and killed a man during a confrontation amid flood waters in hard-hit Lumberton.
McCrory said Tuesday that the trooper and two deputies encountered the man while going through high water in a Humvee around 8 p.m. Monday. McCrory says he has few details about what led to the shooting only saying it happened in "very difficult circumstances."
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. The agency did not immediately respond to messages seeking more information.
McCrory says three more people have died in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, bringing the number of storm-related fatalities to 14. McCrory said Tuesday that the new deaths were vehicle-related.
1 in Cumberland Co. and 1 in Wilson Co. submerged in vehicle. Stresses for people not to drive through water. 'Too many people have died' pic.twitter.com/dV8J5uTACB— WFMY News 2 (@WFMY) October 11, 2016
The most recent deaths occurred when a tree fell on a vehicle in Wake County. The other two were traffic accidents in Wilson and Cumberland Counties.
All but 1 of the 14 deaths have been vehicle-related. The other person died in a fire that was attributed to the storm.
McCrory's sternest words came to those around Woodlake Dam, which State Dam Inspectors have said is on the verge of a breach.
McCrory: 'To people near Woodlake Dam in Moore Co. GET OUT, GET OUT NOW. Unacceptable for you to stay.— WFMY News 2 (@WFMY) October 11, 2016
McCrory said there were 282,000 power outages, 32 school systems closed and part of I-95 near Cumberland Co. was closed.
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