- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in Salisbury say an off-duty Rowan County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man attempting to rob the restaurant where he was having dinner.

Police said the deputy was dining at around 9 p.m. Monday when the suspect came into the restaurant wielding a shotgun and wearing a mask over his face.

The deputy shot the suspect following what police described as a brief confrontation. After the shooting, Salisbury Police shut down the restaurant and detained customers and employees until they could be interviewed.

Neither the deputy nor the suspect has been identified.

Because it was an officer-involved shooting, the State Bureau of Investigation was called to the restaurant, and agents have taken over the case.

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