A Randolph County, NC, sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man allegedly driving a stolen tractor and ramming the deputy's patrol vehicle Tuesday.

The Randolph County Sheriff's Officer reports on Facebook: "The deputy saw a tractor driving erratically in the middle of the road without its headlights on. The deputy tried to pull over the driver but the tractor kept going, driving through a yard and causing damage, before turning around toward the deputy.

"The tractor, which has been confirmed as stolen and belonging to Meadow Farms Incorporated, then rammed the patrol car three times almost rolling the car over. Fearing that the nearly 7,000-pound machine could roll over his car and kill him, the deputy fired at the driver."

Photos of the deputy's patrol car published in local media show damage to the vehicle.