LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. – A man who tried to rob a local store and fired shots at deputies while wearing a bullet-proof vest was shot, according to a report from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday a man, later identified as 23-year-old Tyler Cameron Kennedy, went into the CVS Pharmacy on Webb’s Road carrying a shotgun. He jumped over the counter and demanded money, but did not get any, the official report states.
He then left the scene in a Grey Toyota Tundra pickup truck traveling east on Webb’s Road.
Deputies caught up with Kennedy as he turned onto Burton Lane and pulled into a grassy area near the Little Creek Access on Lake Norman.
Kennedy, who deputies said was wearing a bullet-proof vest, then got out of his vehicle on the side nearest the lake.
With deputies and detectives surrounding the scene, Kennedy fired five shots, two in the direction of officers.
Deputies returned fire striking him in the lower body and disabling him. He was taken into custody and transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Main.
Kennedy has been charged with one felony count of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer.
Officials say the investigation into the incident is continuing, and that additional charges are possible.