Locust police-involved shooting suspect dies

Published 9:34 am Thursday, June 23, 2022

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A person shot by a Locust Police officer May 31 has died from his injuries.

Locust Police Chief Jeff Shew confirmed that Michael Angelo Gales of Locust died at 7:28 a.m. Wednesday.

“He had been in the hospital since the incident occurred,” Shew said in an email.

At 8:42 p.m. May 31, a patrol officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop of a silver convertible passenger car driven by Gales after witnessing multiple traffic violations in the area of North Central Avenue and Bethel Church Road.

The officer pursued the vehicle to the Whispering Hills subdivision near the intersection of Meadowcreek Village Drive and Whispering Hills Drive where Gales stopped and exited his vehicle. Shortly after, there was an exchange of gunfire between Gales and the officer, with Gales being struck.

Gales was airlifted to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center. The officer was not struck by gunfire.

Gales was charged with several offenses including resisting a public officer.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was requested to conduct an investigation into the incident as an independent impartial outside agency, per LPD policy. The officer was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the SBI’s investigation and Locust’s administrative investigation. The identity of the involved officer has not been released.