Suspect killed in McDowell County deputy-involved shooting

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McDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) — A suspect was killed following a deputy-involved shooting in McDowell County early Monday morning.

According to the sheriff’s office, a traffic stop in the Nebo community resulted in gunshots exchanged between a deputy and two people in the vehicle. One of the occupants was killed in the exchange and the second person was taken into custody.

The McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as 30-year-old Carlton James “C.J.” Adams of Nebo.

David Steven Hylemon (From: McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Office)

The other person in the vehicle, 39-year-old David Steven Hylemon of Marion, was arrested and charged with Accessory After the Fact of Attempted Murder.

The deputy was also treated for injuries, but has been released from a local hospital.

“Our prayers go out to the family of the deceased, and we are very blessed that our deputy was not more seriously injured during this deadly encounter,” said Sheriff Ricky Buchanan.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will investigate the shooting.

Hylemon is being held in the McDowell County Detention Center on $200,000 bond.

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