CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – A man accused of firing shots at officers during a traffic stop in downtown Hudson Thursday morning was killed during a standoff with U.S. Marshals.
Officials say they were conducting a traffic stop when a person, later identified as 28-year-old Kentrey Marquis Witherspoon, got out of the suspect vehicle, fired a gun, and ran off. The officers involved were not injured, but a patrol car was struck during the shooting.
A manhunt then got underway as authorities searched for Witherspoon. Schools in the area were placed on a soft lockdown and roads were closed as a helicopter aided in the search.
Officials say Witherspoon was spotted a short time later on Shasta Drive, in the Joyceton Community of Lenoir, and again fired at officers as he ran into the Kincaid Plant 6 on SW. Norwood Street.
Employees at the plant were safely evacuated under cover of law enforcement and a lengthy period of negotiations with Witherspoon began. According to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, those negotiations ultimately failed and Witherspoon “was engaged by the U.S. Marshals.”
Just before 3:30 p.m., officials said that Witherspoon had been pronounced deceased. Officials have not said exactly how he was killed.
Anyone with further information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 758-8300, or the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 759-1526.
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