One killed in officer-involved shooting

Published 4:29 pm Tuesday, May 28, 2024

ROWAN COUNTY — A man was killed in an officer-involved shooting on Tuesday after deputies said that he fired upon them when they went to his property to serve an order for arrest.

The incident began at approximately 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, when deputies went to a home in the 4800 block of Old Concord Road to assist the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office with an order for an arrest, said Captain Mark McDaniel, public information officer for the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

When they arrived at the home, the deputies attempted to approach the home and encountered Kenneth Edward Vickers in a shed on the property, McDaniel said. Vickers allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired at the deputies, at which point, they reportedly returned fire, killing Vickers. McDaniel confirmed that Vickers was declared dead at the scene.

No deputies were injured in the incident, McDaniel said.

Deputies were attempting to serve a warrant for arrest for Vickers for convictions in Cabarrus County of six counts of indecent liberties with a minor and six counts of statutory sex offenses, McDaniel said. The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office issued a release recently asking for the public’s assistance in locating Vickers, who McDaniel said left during a break in court and never returned.

Cabarrus County deputies were not involved in the shooting.

McDaniel said that he was unable to confirm the number of shots fired by both Vickers and the deputies during the incident.

The sheriff’s office shut down Old Concord Road at the nearby Ted Lane intersection for multiple hours to allow them to investigate the incident.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations is investigating the officer-involved shooting, which is in accordance with standard protocol.