Murder suspect shot, killed at NC Zoo after multi-county chase

ASHEBORO, N.C. -- A man accused of attempting to kill a female cab driver was shot and killed after a chase across three counties in North Carolina.

The man was spotted Tuesday morning in Rowan County, news outlets reported. Deputies began a chase through Davidson County before officers performed a pit maneuver at the North Carolina Zoo in Randolph County, according to Sheriff Greg Seabolt.

Deputies opened fire on the man and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Seabolt said.

The zoo wasn't open to the public at the time of the shooting. In a tweet, the zoo said the shooting happened in a parking lot that was closed for the season and the zoo would be open Tuesday.

Authorities haven't identified the suspect. The man tried to shoot the cab driver Monday, but the gun didn't go off, WXII-TV reported. He shot the windshield of the car the woman was in and then ran away, according to the television station.

Four Randolph County deputies involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave, news outlets reported. The State Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.
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