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Officer-involved shooting leaves teen dead

Sharon McBrayer
The News Herald [1]
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Morganton Public Safety officer shot and killed a 17-year-old male late Sunday night at Independence Park on Air Park Drive.The N.C. State Bureau of Investigations is investigating the incident. Morganton Department of Public Safety identified the teen as Michael Blake Sipes.

Public Safety officials say the officers were responding to an unknown disturbance at the mobile home park.
The officers got the call at 11:40 p.m. Sunday night, said Tolbert. Another call went out at 11:45 p.m. of shots fired, he said.

Tolbert said the officer involved in the shooting is saying he knocked on the door and announced his presence. He wasn’t sure what was said when the officer announced.



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The last time, Michael, holding a gun, opened the door and didn’t see anything, Kimberly Sipes said. That’s when he was shot, she said.

Kimberly Sipes said Michael was shot four or five times. His abdomen took the brunt of the damage, she indicated.

According to WSOC TV Channel 9, The News Herald news partner, area resident Korey Forney said he never heard the officers identify themselves as police, but said he heard at least four gunshots.

They didn’t identify themselves as police,” he said. “That’s why he came outside. But he had (the gun) in a position where he wasn’t going to fire.”

Full story here. [1]