John L. Kempf, 41, entered the China Buffet restaurant in Salisbury, North Carolina armed with a handgun. Kempf was waving the handgun around, screaming at patrons, and demanding money.
Unbeknownst to Kempf and the other patrons at the restaurant, there was an off-duty police officer enjoying his Chinese dinner. The off-duty officer drew his gun and opened fire. Kempf was struck multiple times and was pronounced dead on the scene.
The officer is still on probationary status as he has been on the job for less than a year. The Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that evidence they have reviewed "leads our office to conclude that Deputy Kempf acted in a manner consistent with his training and the laws of the State of North Carolina."
As is standard in officer related shooting in North Carolina, the State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting.
The officer used his department issued Glock to stop the robbery.