Hoke deputies shoot armed man during “high-risk” search

From the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office:

The Hoke County Sheriff Office announces on Friday March 24, 2023 Hoke County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were conducting a high-risk search warrant in the 100 Block of Hickory Drive in Raeford, NC.  Upon arrival at the location Hoke County Deputies knocked and announced their presence at the residence.  As Hoke County Deputies entered the residence, continuing to announce their presence, Hoke County Deputies encountered one armed person that did comply with commands to drop his weapon.  Hoke County Deputies encountered a second armed person who did not comply with commands to drop his weapon and shots were fired. Hoke County Deputies and EMS rendered aid but the male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Sheriff Roderick Virgil immediately placed the involved deputies on administrative leave in accordance with standard procedures.  The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office contacted the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and requested they conduct a thorough review of the facts and circumstances leading to the shooting.  

“Our immediate concerns are to support and respect the family and friends of the deceased, cooperate fully with the SBI, and provide our deputies with the services necessary to cope with this traumatic incident,” Hoke County Sheriff Roderick Virgil said.

After notifying the next of kin, the Sheriff’s Office will release the name of the decedent.

As this investigation is active and ongoing, few details will be released to the public at this time.  More information will be provided when possible.

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