9 June 2022
Cameron, N.C. — The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a deputy fatally shot a man armed with a rifle early Thursday morning after his family called for help.
The shooting was reported along N.C. Highway 27 in the Johnsonville community around 12:30 a.m. According to the sheriff’s office, family members called to report a man armed with a rifle was walking along the highway, suffering from a mental health episode.
Deputies responded and the man, identified as Curtis Young, 40, of Cameron, was shot. Young was taken to Womack Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The two deputies were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting. The deputies were not injured.
Sheriff Wayne Coats was at the scene and told WRAL News, “You don’t want these things to happen … but something triggered this … we need to keep this family in prayers, and the officers in prayers. It’s just a bad situation.”
According to Coats, the deputies performed CPR on the man while they waited for medical responders.
The SBI is investigating.
WRAL News is working to learn more about what happened leading up to the shooting.