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Suspect injured in Hickory officer-involved shooting facing robbery, kidnapping charges

The man was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment and is currently in stable condition.
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Published: Oct. 1, 2021 at 7:49 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 at 1:29 PM EDT
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HICKORY, N.C. (WBTV) – A suspect remains in the hospital after an officer-involved shooting in Hickory, and is set to be initially charged with robbery and kidnapping

An attempt to get a man to show his hands after pulling a gun on a lounge employee in Hickory ended with an officer-involved shooting on Thursday, Sept. 30, according to law enforcement.

Officials with the Hickory Police Department said officers were called to the Corner Pocket Lounge around 10:37 p.m. after the man, identified as 42-year-old Gregory Ray Cribb, pulled the gun on the employee.

Gregory Ray Cribb
Gregory Ray Cribb(Source: Hickory Police Department)

Officers said they found the man in the back parking lot and repeatedly told him to show his hands and come out from behind a dumpster.

According to the HPD, the officers tried to talk to the man for several minutes to get him to comply, “during which time he made several verbal threats towards the officers.”

The man then advanced the officers, who reacted and fired their weapons, striking the suspect, authorities said. EMS was contacted and the officers provided medical trauma care.

Cribb was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment and is currently in stable condition, according to the HPD.

Hickory Police obtained warrants on Cribb for felony robbery with firearm/dangerous weapon and felony second-degree kidnapping.

Charges were obtained after officers reportedly learned Cribb attempted to rob and detained an employee of a nearby Skill Fish Arcade prior to officers’ arrival at the Corner Pocket Lounge.

Police say warrants have not been served at this time. Cribb remains at Carolinas Medical Center in stable condition.

Department officials said the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was requested to conduct an independent investigation of the incident.

The two officers involved, Ofc. Josh Null and Ofc. Richard Bortnick, have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation, which is standard, according to the HPD.

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