Deputies shoot, kill armed man in Union County

- Deputies shot and killed an armed man following a chase, standoff situation overnight in Monroe, authorities said.

The man who was killed has been identified as Joshua Adam Stubbs, 25. 

Four Union County sheriff’s deputies and one Monroe police pfficer are now on paid administrative leave following the fatal shooting that occurred at the Metro PCS on Roosevelt Boulevard near Five Points.

The incident started around 12 a.m. on Walkup Avenue in Monroe.

Deputies observed a Pontiac Bonneville without working tail lights and initiated a traffic stop. The driver did not stop and led the deputies on a brief chase down Walkup Avenue toward Roosevelt Boulevard, where he turned into a Dairy Queen parking lot.

Deputies told FOX 46 Charlotte the suspect exited the vehicle armed with a 12 gauge sawed-off shotgun, cocked. That is when a deputy fired several shots from his patrol car.

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The suspect ran from the scene to a nearby Metro PCS store which happened to be unlocked. A contractor was working on the flooring inside the store as the suspect entered. 

Officials said a perimeter was set up around the store by a number of responding departments. Union County Sheriff’s Office, the Monroe Police Department and Wingate Police Department worked together to surround the store and attempted to talk to the suspect using a PA system.  

The suspect came out the front door after more than 20 minutes, still holding the shotgun, according to the Union County Sheriff's Office. The suspect refused to obey the officers’ commands to drop the weapon. Officers fired several rounds at the suspect inside the store.

The suspect was transported to Carolinas Healthcare – Union where he was pronounced dead.

The NC State Bureau of Investigation will conduct an independent investigation into the incident, which is standard protocol in shooting situations involving officers. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Union County Sheriff’s Office at 704-283-3789 or Union County Crimestoppers at 704-283-5600.

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