A man who was shot by a Wilkes Sheriff’s Office deputy Friday afternoon was in stable condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center late Friday night, stated a press release from Wilkes Sheriff Chris Shew.
The shooting victim was identified as Lee Edward Kilby, 52. He had surgery Saturday.
The press release said that after a lengthy narcotics investigation, Wilkes Sheriff’s Office deputies secured a search warrant for Kilby’s residence at 2416 Sparta Road, North Wilkesboro (Mulberry community).
The release said deputies were attempting to execute the search warrant at the brick residence about 1:23 p.m. Friday when Kilby, who was outside the home, ran and was pursued by the deputies.
Deputies identified themselves and ordered Kilby to stop during the foot chase, but Kilby ran into a detached barn-like garage behind the residence, entering through an open garage door. Deputies pursued Kilby into the garage.
The release said Kilby was ordered to show his hands and after several commands, Kilby raised a handgun and pointed it at a deputy. The deputy then shot Kilby, the release stated.
Chief Deputy David Carson said deputies didn’t know Kilby was armed until that point. He said Kilby was shot in the upper body and that other deputies witnessed the incident.
Deputies provided medical care for Kilby on the scene. Wilkes Emergency Medical Services and Mulberry-Fairplains Fire Department first responders also were there. Kilby was transported by AirCare helicopter to Wake Forest Baptist.
The press release said methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were seized at the residence. Carson said charges are pending against Kilby as the investigation continues.
In accordance with Wilkes Sheriff’s Office policy for officer-involved shootings, the State Bureau of Investigation was contacted to investigate the incident. SBI agents were on the scene Friday.
Also in accordance with sheriff’s office policy, the deputy who shot Kilby was placed on administrative leave.
Carson said the deputy will remain on administrative leave, which is paid leave, as the SBI conducts its investigation and until District Attorney Tom Horner makes a decision concerning the justification of the shooting. Carson said the name of the deputy won’t be released until that decision is made.
He said an officer on administrative leave can be called back in for office work.