An officer-involved shooting is under investigation. Thursday (September 30) at 10:37 p.m., Hickory Police received a 911 call to respond to Corner Pocket Lounge, on U.S. Highway 70 SW, in reference to a white male at the business reportedly in possession of a gun. The caller stated that the individual had pulled the gun on an employee. Officers responded and found an individual matching the description in the back parking lot area of the business near the dumpster.
The officers at the scene gave repeated verbal requests for the man to show his hands and come out from behind the dumpster. Officers attempted to talk to the individual for several minutes to get him to comply, during which time he allegedly made several verbal threats towards the officers. The individual then advanced towards the officers and they reacted and discharged their firearms, striking him. Officers on the scene immediately contacted EMS and provided medical trauma care.
The man has been identified as 42-year-old Gregory Ray Cribb of Hickory. He was transported to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment. As of the last report, he was listed in stable condition. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was requested and responded to conduct an independent investigation of the incident. The two officers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation, which is standard procedure.