According to police, an officer attempted to pull over a Ford Explorer around 6 a.m. at the intersection of South Virginia Avenue and Morganton Road, when the driver kept going down South Virginia Avenue before stopping at a dead end.
Details surrounding the traffic stop have not been released, but police did say the driver, 22-year-old Nijza Lamar Hagans, was shot during the encounter and died at the scene. He was also armed, according to authorities.
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident, which is standard in officer involved shootings.
The unidentified officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.