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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Authorities in Salisbury say an off-duty Rowan County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man attempting to rob the restaurant where he was having dinner.

Police said the deputy was dining at around 9 p.m. Monday when the suspect came into the restaurant wielding a shotgun and wearing a mask over his face.

The deputy shot the suspect following what police described as a brief confrontation. After the shooting, Salisbury Police shut down the restaurant and detained customers and employees until they could be interviewed.

The sheriff's office said the deputy involved was John L. Kemp. He has worked at the sheriff's office for less than a year.

The suspect has not been identified.

Because it was an officer-involved shooting, the State Bureau of Investigation was called to the restaurant, and agents have taken over the case.

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