One dead after officer-involved shooting at Lenoir Walmart

- Police were called out to a Walmart Tuesday morning after an officer-involved shooting took place where a suspect was shot and killed, according to police.

Officers with the Lenoir Police Department were called out to Blowing Rock Blvd. at 8:23 a.m. in regards to suspicious activity reported by employees.

When officers arrived they came in contact with Carl Nivens, Natasha Stanley and Jose Flores.

When they approached, they say Nivens tried to run from them.  One officer followed Nivens while another remained at the entrance/exit. As Nivens approached the exit, authorities say he drew a .38 caliber revolver from his waist band, turned toward the officer while running and fired at least one shot.

At that point Nivens and the officer started struggling and that’s when the other officer returned fire and struck Nivens, according to authorities.

Nivens was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Other than minor injuries from the physical struggle,  no officers were hurt and no other injuries were reported.

Both Stanley and Flores have been arrested on outstanding warrants from Burke County on unrelated charges: Stanley for Failure to Appear on Nonsupport and Flores for Felony Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon. 

Further charges related to this incident are expected.                                                                       

The investigation into this matter is actively ongoing and is being led by the NC State Bureau of Investigation

Four officers have been placed on administrative leave pending a critical incident stress debriefing and a review of preliminary findings.                                                                          

No further information was released. 

Anyone with information about the case should call the NC State Bureau of Investigation at 828-294-2226, the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100, or anonymously report to Lenoir/Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300. 

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