N.C. Police kill suspect who fits description of S.C. Serial Murder

July 6, 2009

(ChattahBox) — South Carolina law enforcement officers were called into Gaston County, N.C., after county police shot and killed a man, who they said opened fire on them Monday morning.  Investigators found an older model gray or champagne Ford Explorer outside the house in Gaston County, which roughly matches the vehicle used by the suspected serial killer.   Gaston County is about 33 miles north of Cherokee County, S.C., where five people were found shot to death in three incidents over six days.

Gaston County police received a call early Monday morning about an alleged burglary in progress, and they found three people, one of whom they learned had an outstanding warrant. When officers tried to serve the warrant, the suspect pulled a gun and fired at officers. Officers returned fire killing the suspect. One officer was shot in the leg and has been treated and released from a hospital, police said.  Gaston County police said the other two people were in custody, but didn’t indicate whether they were facing any charges.

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