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Wanted man killed in shootout with deputies after being found guilty of child sex crimes – WSOC TV

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. – A man found guilty last week of child sex crimes was killed Tuesday afternoon in a shootout with police officers in Rowan County.

Investigators tell Channel 9’s Hannah Goetz that Kenneth Vickers died after he began shooting at Rowan County sheriff’s deputies at a home on Old Concord Road.

The shooting took place around 1 p.m. and a Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the scene.

Authorities told Goetz that judge’s deputies were looking for Kenneth Vickers after he left court Friday and did not return. Investigators said Vickers has been found guilty of multiple child sex crimes, including indecent liberties and statutory sex crimes, but has not yet been sentenced.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office was assisting the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office in the search for Vickers when they went to a home on Old Concord Road, south of Peeler Road, in Salisbury on Tuesday.

Officials told Channel 9 that officers looked around the back of the house and found Vickers in a shed. He showed up with a gun and fired at the deputies, who then responded and killed him.

Investigators said they reviewed body camera footage to confirm that Vickers fired at the deputies.

According to our source, only Rowan County deputies fired at Vickers.

No deputies were reported injured in the shooting.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the officer-involved shooting with Rowan County investigators.

We’re working on getting more details. Check for updates.

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