Police: Canton man shot after pointing rifle at officers

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Two Haywood County law police officers were involved in an incident Thursday during at least one of them shot a man whom a caller said was acting in a threatening manner.

On Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Canton Police Department received a call from Boydston Street in reference to a dispute between her and her son, who was reportedly holding a firearm.

Police say the woman was afraid for her safety.

According to authorities, the two officers were confronted by Marty William Rogers, 49, of Canton, who was carrying a rifle.

Police say the officers told Rogers to drop the weapon, at which time he pointed the rifle at them. They fired, striking him several times.

Rogers fell to the ground and the officers started emergency aid pending the arrival of emergency medical responders.

He was transported to Mission Hospital for medical treatment.

No other injuries were reported.

As police officers were involved with the shooting, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations was contacted to initiate an investigation. Cpl. Steven Moore of the Canton Police Department and Officer Dean Henline of the Clyde Police Department have both been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation by the SBI.

No charges have been filed in this case at this time.

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