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Sheriff's deputy shoots and kills a man

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HIDDENITE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in Alexander County say a
sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who threatened him with an
ax.

The Hickory Daily Record reports that Sheriff Chris Bowman said
deputies were called Sunday night to a home where the wife of
47-year-old William Frederick Ippolito was staying with a friend.
Ippolito and his wife had recently separated, and Bowman said
Ippolito assaulted the friend.

Bowman said Ippolito drove home, and later opened the door
holding the ax. The sheriff said Ippolito lunged towards officers
with the ax, and one officer fired at Ippolito, hitting him in the
chest three times. Ippolito was taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital,
where he was pronounced dead.

The unidentified officer is on administrative leave pending the
outcome of a State Bureau of Investigation probe.

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