NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating following a deadly officer-involved shooting at a New Hanover County apartment complex Tuesday night.
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened at the Briarcliff Villas Apartments just before 9 p.m.
A WWAY reporter saw a car at the scene with bullet holes, a broken windshield and shattered windows.
“I was shaking like a leaf,” one neighbor said. “All hell broke loose. Through the windshield. Through the side windows. Through the passenger doors. Everywhere.”
The neighbor, who did not want to be identified, says he ran outside after hearing more than a dozen gunshots.
NHSO spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer says the sheriff’s office, in partnership with the FBI, were searching for a violent suspect wanted out of Charlotte and Myrtle Beach, SC for heinous crimes including kidnapping, carjacking at gunpoint, and armed robbery.
Information was received that the suspect Kyle Horton, known to be armed and dangerous, was possibly headed to the Wilmington area, NHSO says.
Detectives reportedly saw Horton pull up outside the Briarcliff Villas. NHSO says detectives attempted to arrest Horton, who drew a firearm on the detectives.
The sheriff’s office says Horton was then shot and killed.
“All I heard was a cop scream, ‘Put the gun down,’ and a split second later, it sounded like a pack of firecrackers,” the neighbor said.
Another neighbor says he was shocked that officers found Horton at Briarcliff Villas.
“Almost low-level panic because I was like, ‘How could something happen that close?'” neighbor Steven Richards said.
NHSO says no deputies were injured.