Police: A gunman was shot and killed at a Walmart in North Carolina

Authorities say police fatally shot a gunman who allegedly pointed a gun at a Walmart store employee in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Police fatally shot a gunman who was apparently threatening a Walmart store employee in North Carolina, authorities said Friday.

A security guard at a Walmart store on the east side of Charlotte told officers a man pointed a gun at him and also threatened to shoot officers if they responded, according to a statement from police press.

As officers approached the man, they perceived a “deadly threat” and fired at the man, according to the police statement. He said officers tried to save the man until emergency medical personnel arrived. Police also said a firearm was recovered from the scene.

The names of the officers involved and the deceased man have been withheld pending notification of the family, police said.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation into the shooting, police said.