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SBI investigates Mount Holly officer-involved shooting

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MOUNT HOLLY -- Two Mount Holly police officers are on administrative leave after a late night shooting. It happened on South Main Street just before midnight Tuesday.

It all started when officers Taylor Hager and Darryl Barnes tried to pull over a driver for speeding. Police say once that driver, 27-year old Jmar Davis of Charlotte, was stopped it's unclear what happened next.

"Our officers fired several rounds at him," said Mount Holly Interim Police Chief David James. "He was struck several times."

James said Davis was shot at least once in the neck and the leg and he is expected to survive his injuries. The two officers told investigators James had a gun but it's unclear if he threatened officers with that weapon.

Davis is listed in critical condition at Gaston Memorial Hospital.

Belmont police say Hager, who has been with the department for seven years, and Barnes, who has been with the department for five years, are on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure while the SBI conducts an investigation.

"It's tragic when you have to use deadly force on anybody," said James. "The good thing is the officer is OK and the suspect will be OK too."

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