Officials received a call around 1 a.m. of two people fighting on Richardson Road in Zebulon.
When deputies arrived on the scene, they said 32-year-old Robert Lamont Barnes was armed and swinging a machete at deputies. He was shot and killed.
As in all officer-involved shootings, the deputy involved has been placed on administrative leave with pay. The North Carolina SBI was contacted and agents were investigating this incident.