Watauga deputy fatally shoots suspect during altercation

A deputy fatally shot a man after a brief altercation ensued on Sunday in Watauga County, according to authorities.

Officials responding to reports of a suspicious person on the property of a residence attempting to gain entry. The deputy arrived shortly after and located the suspect about a mile away walking on the side of the road.

He stepped out of his vehicle to speak with the suspect and was then attacked, police say. A violent struggle followed and the deputy fatally shot the suspect.

Per protocol the officer has been placed on administrative leave.

This is an ongoing investigation