Sheriff's Office: Lincoln County deputies shoot, kill armed man

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were involved in a shooting that left a man dead.

Deputies were called to a home in the 1500 block of Westdale Lane in Lincolnton, NC at 5:42 p.m. after the county Communications Center received a report that man was in the front yard of the home threatening to shoot himself.

When deputies arrived, the man, later identified as Lincolnton resident Ray Correll, 38, had a gun to his head. He continued to threaten the deputies then fired shots at the ground. He then pointed the gun at the officers and they fired. 

Correll died at the scene and the three deputies involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave per Sheriff’s Office policy. The State Bureau of Investigation has also been called in to investigate. 

Sheriff Bill Beam said “Our condolences go out to the family of the man who died.  It’s a tragedy, not only a tragedy for them but a tragedy for my officers because they will have to live with this for the rest of their days in their law enforcement career.”