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Officer cleared after shooting man outside Zebulon Walmart, officials say

ZEBULON, N.C. (WNCN) - A Zebulon officer was cleared after shooting a suspect in the neck at a gas station outside a Walmart in April, officials said Tuesday.

The incident happened on April 1 around 4:45 p.m. at the Murphy's Express at the Walmart in the 800 block of Gannon Avenue in Zebulon.

Authorities said Kurt Lee Walters, 30, made a call about his own outstanding arrant warrants.

When two officers showed up to identify Walters and tried to take him into custody, Walters tried to "get away," according to a news release from the 10th Prosecutorial District.

Walters then pulled out what appeared to a gun and "pointed it at" Officer Robert Prichard, officials said.

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Officer Nathanial Brown then pulled out his gun and fired one shot at Walters, who was hit and fell to the ground, the news release said.

Police later determined that Walters had a BB air pistol, which officials say he stole from the Walmart.

Walters was released from WakeMed on April 10.

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