Police shoot, kill armed Irma evacuee at North Carolina hospital

The man police shot and killed late Sunday at Novant Health Huntersville (N.C.) Medical Center was traveling from Florida to New York to escape Hurricane Irma, according to The Charlotte Observer, which cited an announcement from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations.

Police say they were called to Huntersville Medical Center Sunday after reports of multiple shots fired inside the facility. When police arrived, they encountered an armed man, who has now been identified as 76-year-old Joseph Charles Cook. Police say they felt threatened when they encountered Mr. Cook and fired several rounds at him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations is continuing to investigate the incident, and the two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, according to the report.

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