N.C. trooper shoots, kills man amid Hurricane Matthew floodwaters
An abandoned truck lies in submerged waters after Hurricane Matthew hit Lumberton, N.C.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 8:11 PM
A North Carolina state trooper responding to flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew shot and killed an armed man Monday night.
The trooper and two deputies encountered the man around 8 p.m. as he drove through four-foot waters in hard-hit Lumberton. During a confrontation with the man, the officer opened fire, Gov. Pat McCrory said.
“Tension can be high when people are going through very, very emotional circumstances,” McCrory said, adding that he didn’t have very much information.
The state police identified the officer who fatally shot the man as Sgt. J.F. Hinson, a trooper serving in his 13th year.
Hinson and two members of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office came upon the armed man in flooded grounds near Interstate 95, according to North Carolina State Police Lt. Jeff Gordon.
The man “became hostile toward the officers and displayed a handgun” before Hinson opened fire and killed him, Gordon said in a statement. The man’s name was not immediately released.
The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting. The state police placed Hinson on administrative leave during the investigation.
North Carolina has been ravaged with flooding after torrents from Hurricane Matthew sent the Lumber River overflowing its banks on North Carolina’s coastal plain.
U.S. Marshals and water rescue teams from as far away as New York and New Jersey converged on the state Monday to help free the 1,500 people trapped in their homes. Rescue efforts will continue Tuesday.
An aerial view shows flood waters after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, N.C.
At least 17 people have died in North Carolina in the storm’s aftermath. All but one has been vehicle-related, and one of the most recent deaths occurred when a tree fell on a car.
The other person died in a fire that was attributed to the storm.
With News Wire Services.
With TOBIAS SALINGER