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Man Injured in Officer-Involved Shooting Monday Faces Eight Felony Assault Charges

Newton Police have obtained eight felony warrants for 24-year-old Keon Jemez Leach of Newton. He is charged with four felony counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Leach is the individual who fired at Police and was shot when Officers returned fire after they responded to a 9-1-1 hang-up call at the Catawba Pines Apartments on East 1st Street in Newton. The incident occurred at about 11:40 Monday night.

Leach is currently a patient at Atrium Health Medical Center in Charlotte where he is listed in stable condition. No Officers were injured during the incident.

The investigation is ongoing. Two Officers and a Deputy are on administrative leave. Anyone with information regarding the incident should call Newton Police at 828-465-7430.