Deputy shoots, kills man carrying 'realistic-looking' CO2 pistol

- A man was shot and killed after pointing a 'perfect replica of a real revolver' at a sheriff's deputy, according to the Burke County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy responded to a domestic disturbance call around 7 p.m. Monday, August 21 on Prichard Ave. in Morganton. Reports indicated a man was beating a woman in the road, and was armed with a revolver and knife. 

Upon arrival, the deputy observed a man and woman outside a mobile home. According to the Sheriff's Office, the deputy ordered the man to drop the weapons and that's when the man pointed a gun at the deputy. The deputy fired one shot, striking the man. 

The deputy and a SHP Trooper, who had arrived at the scene, administered first aid on the man until the EMS arrived. The man, Jeffrey Andrew Jacobs, 42, died while being transported to Carolina Medical Center, Morganton.

Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant requested the NC SBI to investigate the incident who processed the scene and interviewed witnesses until around midnight. The gun turned out to be a Co2 pistol (BB or pellet gun) which was a perfect replica of a real revolver, police said. 

The Burke County Sheriff's Office released photos of the CO2 pistol next to a real revolver, saying, "distinguishing between the Co2 weapon and a real revolver is difficult even in a calm non-threatening environment."

The deputy, a four year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, is on administrative leave until the investigation is concluded and the District Attorney makes a decision regarding the shooting.

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