Man killed in Apex officer-involved shooting was armed, police say

Wake County News
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APEX, N.C. (WNCN) — Multiple agencies are investigating after a man was shot to death by law enforcement officers at the entrance to his Apex home on Thursday night.

Apex police, Wake County deputies and the Apex Fire Department responded to an incident along the 3000-block of White Cloud Circle after 11:30 p.m.

Apex police said early on Friday that fire officials responded because of smoke evidence on the outside of the house. In a press release sent just before noon, police said officers and deputies responded to the scene “as part of a continued investigation of an earlier call for service near the area.”

Once on scene, officers and deputies “encountered an armed individual at the entrance of his residence. The encounter resulted in law enforcement discharging their firearms and the suspect succumbed to his injuries at the scene,” police said in the release.

The release does not specify if one department or both fired the fatal shots, only that the ” Apex Police Department is following fatal incident protocols and has contacted the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, requesting their independent investigation of the incident.”

The release also does not what type of weapon the man was armed with.

A Wake County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson at the scene said Friday afternoon that they were not involved with the shooting.

Apex police said the circumstances leading up to the shooting appear to only involve the man who was killed. Police said they have not uncovered any evidence or information that shows any residents in Apex are in any danger.

The department “will continue to work with the SBI and Wake County District Attorney as we continue our investigation.”

Police have not identified the man who was killed or the officer(s) involved in the shooting.

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