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An armed man was shot and killed by a Hertford County deputy Sunday

WINTON, N.C.

An armed and "combative" Perquimans County man was shot dead by a Hertford County sheriff's deputy Sunday.

Officers from six different law enforcement agencies responded to calls that Phillip Wayne Outland, 44, was armed with a handgun at a remote site along N.C. 45 about seven miles south of Winton, according to a news release from Hertford County Sheriff Dexter Hayes.

Wayne was "combative and irate" before he was shot and killed about 4 p.m. Sunday by William Liverman, chief deputy and 20-year-veteran of the Hertford County Sheriff's Office, the release said.

Liverman was placed on administrative leave. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case as it does each time an officer shoots someone.

Hayes called the incident "tragic."

"… a life was lost today, a family is mourning and our law enforcement agencies are deeply saddened as a result of what happened," Hayes said in the release.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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