Sampson County sheriff's deputy shoots and kills robbery suspect

SALEMBURG, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Sampson County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a robbery suspect near the intersection of N.C. Hwy 242 and Reeda Branch Road north of Salemburg.

The area where the shooting occurred is about 30 miles east of Fayetteville.

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The robbery happened at a Han-Dee Hugo's convenience store in Garland around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night. Officials said the suspect, 32-year-old Jason Lee Evans, came into the business and fired a gun into the ceiling. Sometime after that, deputies spotted Evans driving a white-colored Chevy sedan and gave chase.

The chase ended after about 20 miles when officers used "stop sticks" to flatten the tires of the Evans' vehicle. That's when investigators say Evans got out and pointed a gun at Deputy Louis M. High Jr. and gunfire was exchanged.

High was not injured.

A Sampson County official said that because of something said by Evans as he exited his vehicle, a bomb squad from Cumberland County was called in to check out the car. No explosives were found.

Former neighbors told ABC11 that Evans battled a drug addiction.

There were no injuries at the convenience store where the robbery happened.

High is on administrative leave. The Sheriff's Office is currently conducting an administrative investigation of the incident.

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