GASTONIA, NC – Gastonia Police recently provided context to video footage spread online that was captured via a doorbell camera which depicts a fatal officer-involved shooting involving a 21-year-old suspect using their vehicle as a weapon.
Gastonia Police public information officer Rick Goodale stated officers were dispatched to a home located along North Edgemont Avenue off Highway 74 at approximately 12:30 p.m. on July 20th after receiving a 911 call about a man who’d kidnapped two children.
When officers arrived at the home, the two children in question were reportedly inside of the residence safe and unharmed, with officers having “some sort of encounter” with a man identified as 21-year-old Jason Lipscomb on the street nearby the residence.
Lipscomb had reportedly started his vehicle as officers were attempting to make contact, with the suspect first backing up and hitting one officer with his vehicle and then running over another.
Officers opened fire on Lipscomb, with the suspect eventually crashing into some parked vehicles nearby. Authorities confirmed that the suspect died from his injuries.
With only the facts listed above, it’s safe to say that another North Carolinian has lost their life due to non-compliance and putting officers in danger.