Police in North Carolina release name of man hit by officer

STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have identified the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a marked police car in North Carolina.

Police say 59-year-old John Cousins Jr. of Statesville died around midnight Friday when he was hit. Emergency responders pronounced Cousins dead at the scene and authorities said no other vehicles were involved.

Sgt. Scott Reed is on administrative leave while the North Carolina Highway Patrol investigates the death. No charges have been filed.

Family members say Cousins was about three blocks from his home when he was hit.

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