Ethan T. Calton

Ethan T. Calton

RUTHERFORDTON — A sheriff’s sergeant shot and killed a man Tuesday afternoon while serving a warrant for his arrest.

Deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office went to a residence on Edisto Drive, Rutherfordton, at 4:15 p.m. to serve a warrant on convicted felon Ethan Tyler Calton, 28, according to a release by the Sheriff’s Office.

During the encounter, Calton brandished a handgun while making threatening statements to the deputies. A physical struggle then ensued for control of the handgun, according to Sheriff Chris Francis.

Sgt. Tyler Greene fired his service weapon, striking Calton. Deputies immediately requested medical aid. Upon arrival, EMS pronounced Calton dead on the scene.

“This is a very unfortunate incident. My prayers go out to everyone involved, the deputies and the Calton family,” Francis said. “We are blessed no officers were injured.”

Francis said Calton was wearing a holster for his firearm with an extra magazine of ammunition. He called that “unusual,” especially for a convicted felon.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to probe the fatal shooting, which is standard procedure with officer-related shootings.

Deputies were at the home to arrest Calton on the following charges: two counts of felonious identity theft, obtaining property by false pretense, first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and an order for arrest for failure to appear for felony possession of methamphetamine, reports show.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s public offender search, Calton has an extensive arrest record which dates back to 2009.