BUNN, N.C. (WTVD) -- Deputies in Franklin County shot and killed a man on Dec. 21.
The shooting happened around 4 or 5 in the morning in a rural area off Cheves Road south of Bunn.
Neither deputy involved in the shooting were injured. However, the man they shot, 59-year-old Samuel Joseph Tripp died.
Neighbors said deputies were on scene for quite a while before and after the shooting.
"I was really scared to go outside because knowing that it could have been a gunshot, I could have got shot in the process -- not knowing who could have been out there, I could have been a target. So I stayed inside but looking out the window was my best bet," neighbor Randi Arrington said.
They said they didn't know anyone who lived at the home where the shooting happened.
Both deputies were placed on administrative leave while the State Bureau of Investigation looks into the case, which is standard protocol for shootings involving law enforcement officers in North Carolina.