Clinton police shoot armed man in Burger King parking lot
Posted May 29, 2016
Clinton, N.C. — A Clinton Burger King was closed Sunday after a man died in the parking lot there, shot by police.
Clinton Chief of Police Jay Tilley said his officers fired on the man after he pointed a shotgun at them shortly after midnight.
The incident happened outside the restaurant at 100 Southeast Boulevard. Tilley said officers were called to the Burger King to find the man sitting in a truck with the gun on his lap.
Local officers and members of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol closed off the parking lot and talked to the man for about half an hour, witnesses said. When the man pointed his gun at officers, they opened fire and killed him.
Dozens of shots are audible on video provided to WRAL News by a witness. Neighbors said they could hear the officers shouting at the man before the shots began.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release his name.
No law enforcement officers were injured.
The officers involved in the shooting will be on administrative leave pending an investigation, standard procedure for law enforcement officers involved in a shooting.