Police Fatally Shoot Armed Suspect After Taking Hostages In Gaston County Diner


Yesterday afternoon, a deadly encounter with police occurred after an armed robbery, a police chase, and a hostage situation inside a small grill.

According to Gaston County police, it all began when officers received a call about a woman who was robbed at gunpoint at an HVAC business off Earl Road. The suspect took the woman’s cellphone, wedding ring, and cash, then fled the scene.

Officers used GPS tracking from the stolen cell phone to find the suspect in Cherryville. The suspect then fled in a vehicle and eventually crashed near the intersection of NC 279 and Dick Beam Road.

Shots were fired and the suspect fled on foot, evading police.

Officers then received word the suspect was inside the Creekside Community Market in  Bessemer City.

The armed suspect took hostages inside the store and Gaston County Police fired shots, resulting in fatal injuries to the suspect.

No officers or hostages were injured during the encounter.

If you have any additional information about this incident, please call Gaston County Police Detective T. Pilkington at 704-866-3320 or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000.