A North Carolina state trooper killed a deaf man last week after an attempted traffic stop, authorities and neighbors said Monday.
State trooper Jermaine Saunders shot Daniel Kevin Harris to death on Thursday after what North Carolina Bureau of Investigation described in a statement as “an encounter.”
The bureau, which is investigating Harris’ death, did not provide additional details. In an earlier statement, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said that the trooper tried to pull over a Volvo for speeding.
A brief pursuit followed, the statement says, and the driver, who is not identified, left his car.
An encounter took place between the driver and the trooper causing a shot to be fired,” the statement reads. The driver died at the scene, the statement adds, and the trooper was placed on administrative leave.
But a neighbor of Harris’, Mark Barringer, who witnessed part of the confrontation, criticized the trooper’s handling of the pursuit.
“They should’ve deescalated and been trained to realize that this is an entirely different situation.” Barringer said to the media.