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Rally held for Macon County man killed in deputy-involved shooting

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Protesters for Scott Knibbs (May 8, 2018/FOX Carolina) Protesters for Scott Knibbs (May 8, 2018/FOX Carolina)
Scott Knibbs (Source: Melrose Law) Scott Knibbs (Source: Melrose Law)
FRANKLIN, NC (FOX Carolina) -

On Tuesday a crowd gathered outside the Macon County Courthouse, calling for justice for a Franklin man who was killed a deputy-involved shooting.

In the early morning hours of April 30, the Macon County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a dispute between neighbors on Pheasant Drive. Deputies said when they arrived on scene, homeowner Scott Knibbs was armed with a gun when he approached them aggressively.

In a statement, the sheriff's office said a deputy opened fire in self-defense, killing Knibbs.

READ MORE: Attorney: Man at home with family was shot to death through window by NC deputy

However, Knibbs' attorney issued a statement following the shooting with a different account of the events.

According to Melrose Law, Knibbs was concerned for his safety when he heard a man yelling outside the residence, and retrieved a shotgun to protect his wife, children and grandson. Attorney Mark Melrose said Knibbs never exited the home and was shot to death through a window of the house.

Protesters on Tuesday held signs outside the courthouse calling for "Justice for Scott." One sign bore the message "Murder is not legal."

Melrose issued a call for District Attorney Ashley Welch to recuse herself from the case.

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