Fox8 is reporting that a man matching the description of a suspected South Carolina serial killer was shot and killed in North Carolina this morning.
The shooting occurred around 3:00 am., after Dallas, NC, residents Mike and Terri Valentine called police to report a suspicious SUV that matched descriptions given by South Carolina police of the SUV used by the serial killer. Dallas is a small community in Gaston County, near the city of Gastonia. Gaffney, SC, where the killings occurred is only about 30 miles from the scene.
When police arrived on the scene, “the slain man first gave a fake name to officers and then pulled a gun on them when they tried to arrest him on a warrant from Lincoln County, NC. . . “ In the ensuing altercation an officer was shot in the foot and the suspect was killed.
North Carolina and South Carolina law enforcement officials are on the scene of the shooting in Gastonia. South Carolina authorities said ballistic tests from the gun found on the suspect in Gastonia link it to the South Carolina murders. Reggie Lloyd, director of South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division told CNN, “We believe a killer is off the streets.”
UPDATE: Authorities confirm dead man is the Gaffney serial killer. More details here.