NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - A man killed during an officer-involved shooting at a New Hanover County apartment complex Tuesday night has been connected to a kidnapping incident in Charlotte last week that crossed state lines.
In a news release, officials with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s said they received information that Kyle Horton, who was wanted in Charlotte and Myrtle Beach, S.C. on kidnapping, carjacking, and armed robbery charges, was possibly headed to the Wilmington area.
Deputies observed Horton pull into the Briarcliff Villas Apartments just before 9 p.m. and attempted to capture him.
“I was sitting here watching TV and all of a sudden some kind of a crash, like something thrown in the garbage bin, and then I heard probably about a dozen pops. Then cops came in flying all over the place,” one caller told a 911 dispatcher.
Officials say Horton drew a gun on the officers who shot and killed him during the confrontation.
“I was just standing on my porch and I heard a loud bang and then it sounded like somebody hit, like a car wreck or something. And then it just... shots back and forth,” another resident said to dispatchers.
No deputies were injured in the shooting.
Sheriff Ed McMahon has requested the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation take over the investigation into the shooting.
Police sources in Charlotte told NBC-affiliate WCNC that Horton was linked to a kidnapping case at a Charlotte shopping center last week. The victim told police the suspect kidnapped her in her own SUV and drove her to South Carolina, where he eventually released her at a gas station in York County.
Myrtle Beach Police Department Spokesperson Cpl. Thomas Vest confirms Horton was a person of interest in an armed robbery reported at Broadway at the Beach Tuesday night.
WMBF News spoke with the victim, Kaylee Lewis, who said Horton opened her car door, pointed a gun at her and began looking through her belongings for money.
She insisted she was broke and told him she had a five-year-old daughter.
“Threw my wallet down, threw everything that he had in his lap down and that’s when he put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Lock your doors, don’t let this happen to you again,’ and left my vehicle," Lewis said.
According to Kyle Horton’s Facebook page, he attended Cape Fear Community College and Ashley High School.