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A tractor trailer truck is submerged in floodwaters caused by rain from Hurricane Matthew on Highway NC 211 near the Mayfair neighborhood in Lumberton, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Spencer)

A North Carolina trooper killed a man during a floodwater confrontation


A North Carolina state trooper who was searching for people trapped by floodwaters in Lumberton, North Carolina, shot and killed a man who confronted officers while holding a gun, Highway Patrol Lt. Jeff Gordon said in a statement Tuesday. 

The trooper who shot the man was identified as Sgt. J.F. Hinson. He's a 13-year veteran of the patrol. 

Gordon did not say why the man the officers encountered was angry. 

North Carolina Gov. McCrory said Tuesday that the trooper and two Robeson County deputies were going through high water in a Humvee around 8 p.m. Monday when they encountered the man. 

McCrory added that the shooting happened under "very difficult circumstances." 

"Tensions can be high when people are going through very, very emotional circumstances," McCrory said, adding that he had few other details.  

Gordon said Hinson has been placed on administrative leave, which is typical under the circumstances of the shooting. 

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the incident. 

North Carolina is still reeling after Hurricane Matthew. 

More than 2,000 people in North Carolina were rescued from high water, McCrory said. Many of those rescued were from the city of Lumberton, which is 65 miles northwest of Wilmington. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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