Man shot, killed by deputies serving warrants in Rutherford Co. ID’d


RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – Rutherford County Sheriff Office officials said North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened on Tuesday.

Sheriff Chris Francis told 7 News deputies were attempting to serve felony warrants on a convicted felon at a home on Edisto Drive off of Highway 221, south of Rutherfordton, at around 4:15 p.m.

According to a news release, Ethan Tyler Calton, 28, was wanted on arrest warrants for Bills of Indictments that had been issued by the county for two counts of felony identity theft, felony obtaining property by false pretense, felony first-degree burglary, felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and an order for arrest for failure to appear for felony possession of methamphetamine.

Deputies located Calton at the home, who then reportedly pulled out a handgun and made threatening statements to the deputies.

A struggle then occurred as deputies reportedly tried to get control of the firearm.

According to the release, a deputy then fired one round from his handgun, hitting Calton.

Deputies on-scene provided medical care to Calton and requested that EMS respond to the scene.

When they arrived, EMS pronounced Calton dead at the scene.

No deputies were injured during the incident.

Francis said he contacted the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to conduct an investigation, and they leading the ongoing investigation at this time.

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