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Off-duty officer steps into dispute, kills man in shootout

Posted August 8, 2015 5:34 p.m. EDT
Updated August 10, 2015 3:50 p.m. EDT

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— Detectives are investigating a dispute that escalated into an off-duty North Carolina police officer and a restaurant patron exchanging gunfire that led to the civilian's death.

Multiple media organizations reported the shooting happened around midnight in the parking lot of a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Greenville. Tsombe Jashon Clark, 25, of Robersonville, died later Saturday, police spokeswoman Kristen Hunter said.

Officials say Officer Gary Barrett was picking up a carry-out order at the restaurant when he was asked to stop a fight involving several people that started inside and spilled into the parking lot.

Barrett identified himself to people involved, but one man pointed a gun and fired. The officer then returned fire.

The State Bureau of Investigation is on the case because it involves a law officer.

Barrett is a 20-year veteran of the Greenville Police Department and is currently assigned to the motorcycle unit.