Bessemer City had an officer-involved shooting Wednesday morning (June 16th) that resulted in the death of a man who fled when police tried to arrest him on a warrant for parole violation.
Bessemer City Police went to 118 Sunset Lane to serve warrants on two other individuals at the home there around 8 AM. While there, they found the man who was later shot had an outstanding warrant.
Rather than cooperating, the man ran and police followed. He was shot about two blocks from where he was originally confronted. Police said they ordered the man to stop and show his hands and he refused.
The officers said he appeared to be attepting to take somethng from his waistband and that's when they fired their weapons. A police news release said "Officers interpreted the actions of the suspect as an imminent threat and attempted to stop the threat by discharging their service weapons."
The man was taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center where he later died.
The State Bureau of Investigation will conduct an investigation of the officer-involved shooting.
Both officers were placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of investigation.
The police department did not immediately release the names of the officers or the man who was killed, but other sources identified him as 44-year-old Billy Jack Barker.
Barker had been shot by another Bessemer City officer in January following a high speed auto chase. He was then--as this time--attempting to elude arrest on a probation violation.
This time, he had allegedly violated terms of his probation after a conviction last July on a drug charge in McDowell County.
Barker had previously been convicted in 2007 of armed robbery in Cleveland County. He was paroled after that conviction in 2013.