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Sheriff: Suspect dies days after shooting self during Rutherford Co. standoff

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Standoff on Cliffside Drive. (3/26/18 FOX Carolina) Standoff on Cliffside Drive. (3/26/18 FOX Carolina)
House where the standoff occurred (FOX Carolina/ March 27, 2018) House where the standoff occurred (FOX Carolina/ March 27, 2018)
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The Rutherford County sheriff said the suspect in a standoff shot himself after firing shots at deputies Monday night.

Sheriff Chris Francis said the original call came in at 6:45 p.m. as a welfare check at a home on the 500 block of Cliffside Drive.

When deputies arrived on scene, Francis said they began immediately taking fire from an individual inside the home, Francis said. Two deputy vehicles were shot, he said. No deputies were hurt.

Only one person was inside the house, the sheriff confirmed. Negotiators and the SERT (Sheriff's Emergency Response Team) unit were called to the scene and a standoff continued for several hours.

 A negotiator was on the phone when the suspect when deputies heard one last gunshot early Tuesday morning and feared it may have been self-inflicted, Francis said. The deputies then made entry into the house and confirmed that the suspect had shot himself in the head. The suspect was taken to a hospital in Shelby and then airlifted to Charlotte.

Francis said the man died on Wednesday after being on life support in the ICU.  He identified the suspect as 52-year-old Joseph Travis Green.

Francis said a friend of the suspect made the initial call to deputies due to fear that the suspect would harm himself.

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