Officials ID man fatally shot during struggle with deputy

January 2, 2019

DENTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have identified a North Carolina man who they say was fatally shot during a struggle in which he tried to take a deputy’s gun.

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Wednesday that one of the deputies responding to a disturbance Tuesday encountered 26-year-old Dylan Smith of New London.

Officials say that, after a short pursuit, Smith faced the deputy in an aggressive stance and attacked, choking the deputy, gouging his eyes and trying to take his gun. Officials say the deputy “exhausted all less lethal force options” before using opening fire.

The 13-year veteran who wasn’t identified is on administrative duties during an investigation.

Smith’s mother, Barbara Smith, says her son had mental illness but the family knows very little about what happened.

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