RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The N.C. Highway Patrol has identified the trooper who shot and killed a man who they say confronted him and other law enforcement officers as they searched for people trapped by flood waters.
A statement released by the patrol Tuesday said Sgt. J.F. Hinson and two members of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office were conducting a search and rescue operation in Lumberton on Monday.
Lt. Jeff Gordon said the three officers encountered a man who became hostile toward the officers and displayed a handgun.
Gordon said Hinson saw the gun and shot the man.
Hinson is a 13-year veteran assigned to Troop B, Lumberton patrol office in Robeson County. Gordon said Hinson has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, which is standard operating procedure in any shooting involving the patrol.
The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting the investigation.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says a state trooper shot and killed a man during a confrontation amid the flooding that crippled the city of Lumberton in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
McCrory said the trooper and two Robeson County sheriff's deputies encountered the man while going through high water in a Humvee around 8 p.m. Monday.
The governor said at a Tuesday news conference that investigators are still trying to gather details about the shooting. He would only say it happened in "very difficult circumstances."
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. A woman answering the phone in the agency's Fayetteville office said all the agents were out in the field helping with the investigation or flooding and there was no additional information to release.