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Suspects named in fatal NC shootout with deputy. Officer who was shot is recovering.
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Suspects named in fatal NC shootout with deputy. Officer who was shot is recovering.

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C.J. Adams, left, and David Steven Hylemon

A man was shot and killed and a deputy was wounded during an early morning traffic stop in McDowell County, authorities said Monday.

The deceased was identified as Carlton James "C.J." Adams, 30, of Nebo.

A second suspect in the vehicle, 39-year-old David Steven Hylemon, of Marion, has been charged with accessory after the fact of attempted murder. He was jailed under a $200,000 bond.

Agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation continue to examine the case.

The McDowell County Sheriff's Office released the following information:

During a vehicle stop in the Nebo community in the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 22, gunshots were exchanged between a McDowell County sheriff’s deputy and occupants of the vehicle, resulting in the fatal wounding of one suspect and a second suspect being taken into custody. The sheriff’s deputy was treated and released from the hospital.

“Our prayers go out to the family of the deceased, and we are very blessed that our deputy was not more seriously injured during this deadly encounter,” said Sheriff Ricky Buchanan.

Adams was the subject of social media attention for several days prior to the shooting. A Facebook user posted several photos of Adams, claiming he had assaulted a relative, and asked others to call 911 if he was spotted.

"It's time to get this dangerous man off the streets and protect our citizens esp our children," read a Facebook post. "He has hurt countless people and nothing is being done to stop him, our voices need to be heard!!"

Another poster commented two days before the shooting, "He’s not wanted the cops just left from talking to him."

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety offender search, Adams had lengthy criminal record dating back to 2008, including convictions for assault, larceny, breaking and entering, breaking and entering vehicles and larceny of firearms.

No previous convictions were listed for Hylemon.

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