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An investigation is underway after a fatal officer-involved shooting in Lincoln County.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1500 block of Westdale Lane in Lincolnton at 5:42 p.m. after the Lincoln County Communications Center received a report that man was in the front yard of the home threatening to shoot himself, according to a news release.

The man had a gun to his head when officers arrived on the scene. He continued to threaten the deputies and fired shots into the ground, the release states. He then pointed the handgun at the officers and they returned fire. The man died at the scene.

The three deputies involved in the incident will be placed on administrative leave per sheriff’s office policy, the release states.

The State Bureau of Investigation has been called in the conduct the investigation of the shooting incident.

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