One person killed in Lincoln County shootout

A 51-year-old black male is dead after a shootout on Painter Ln. in Lincolnton, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say a call came in around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, reporting shots fired near a home.

The Sheriff's office says when they arrived on scene one person was dead in the front yard.

According to the a press from the Lincoln County's Sheriff's Office they say two men came to the residence wanting to sell firearms. An argument ensued and the men placed a person in the home on the floor at gunpoint. A female resident heard the altercation and came out of a back bedroom firing her handgun at the men. The guns that were trying to be sold were taken earlier in the day from a location in Gastonia. 

The victim's identity is not being released at this time.

Detectives say no charges will be filed at this time due to self defense. 

They are looking for silver or army green Dodge SUV. 


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