EXCLUSIVE: Father Has Questions After Son Shot & Killed By Deputy

The father of a Rocky Mount man shot and killed by a Wake County deputy following a Monday morning break-in is speaking out to WITN.

Cornelius Harrison was shot and killed as Lawmen started tracking him and two other Rocky Mount men following the break-in. Reports say Harrison was fighting with the deputy at the time. The chase ended with one suspect arrested and a deputy shooting Harrison. The third suspect was arrested Tuesday.

Cornelius' father Milton says his son came from a good family---but just got off track. Milton Harrison says, "Well, you know, sometimes good people have troubled kids."

Harrison says while his son may have been guilty--to be shot to death over a break-in--he has questions. "What about a taser, what about mace, what about the dog, why couldn't the dog go and get him. What about the manpower. They had a bunch guys out there. Helicopters, why was the first thing shooting him."

Like many in his community---people have compassion for what Mr. Harrison is going through---but he says he knows many may have no compassion for his son. " I don't make excuses for what he did or what he'd done. If he did it he deserved to get punished, but I don't feel like it's a crime you deserve to get shot for and killed."

The Wake County sheriff's deputy involved in the shooting is on leave while the SBI investigates.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    I knew his son. He wasn't a thug or a bad person.
  • by spencer Location: wilson on Feb 6, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    well he didont do anyhting wrong ur son made the chooice to break the law and all sudden its cops fault its a race things if pepople dont run frm cops u wont get shot at how stupid are u and u think its peoples fault thats they break law tech ur son better then they wont have that problom
  • by Parent on Jan 5, 2010 at 08:47 PM
    I am sorry for your loss. As a parent, there is always a possiblity of our children making mistakes and doing wrong no matter how we raise them. No matter the circumstances of his death this does not stop this families pain or agony they are feeling. We ove our children, parents etc...no matter what right or wrong. When your child does do something wrong or is in a bad situation it is only normal to try to make sense of it and want answers. This family needs your prayers and does the young man whom was killed.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2010 at 11:59 AM
    "Harrison says while his son may have been guilty--to be shot to death over a break-in--he has questions. "What about a taser, what about mace, what about the dog, why couldn't the dog go and get him." What about not robbing people, not running from and fighting the police. If his son had not been fighting a deputy he would not have been shot. The other suspects did not get shot, wonder why? Oh, because they did not do anything to get themselves shot. Everybody has choices and you live and die by the choices you make. Thank god the deputy made the right choice and is at home safe.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jan 4, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    If they had BROKEN in my property I would have tried to protect my family and property that I have worked so hard for. It is not right that I have to have property protection insurance and give crooks the right to steal my stuff.
  • by OpenCarry Location: Washington on Jan 2, 2010 at 04:03 PM
    His father said "the first thing they did was shoot him"... No actually the FIRST thing the police did was respond to a call about a home-invasion robbery involving THREE thugs. The SECOND thing police did was find and attempt to apprehend these thugs. The THIRD thing police did was chase these thugs as they committed the further crime of Resisting Arrest and Fleeing an Officer. The FOURTH thing police did was catch this thug, and attempt to apprehend him, at which point this thug Assaulted a Police Officer and Resisted Arrest. This thug had PLENTY of chances to NOT get shot--starting with NOT breaking into the homes of honest, law-abiding citizens, and every decision he made after that simply added to the belief of the Police that he was desperate, dangerous, and had depraved indifference to the Law, and to the safety of the Police. Rocky Mount Sheriff's department should be praised for bringing the two other thugs to justice.
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Dec 31, 2009 at 07:37 PM
    Posted by Me Again: "where is the compassion".... Where was the criminals compassion? None given, none received.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2009 at 05:12 PM
    The father should apologize to the deputy for the actions of his thug son.
  • by victims on Dec 30, 2009 at 06:31 PM
    those of you who have been victims of a break in ought to know that its one of the most frightening things to ever happen to you. i was robbed at gunpoint once; turns out some kid was about to be evicted and needed rent money. for all i knew he was a crazed masked madman with a gun willing to take my life for the pittance i owned. (actually i thought he mustve been on crack since i obviously wasnt rich). if someone had been with me and shot this person, i would have felt relief (though sad at the loss of life). its a scary situation, i had nightmares and ptsd for almost a year afterwards, right up until the court date when i got face the little thug. he looked pitiful compared to my nightmares. armed (or unarmed) B&E isnt just an invasion of property. its an invasion of someones life and sanity. its serious and a big deal. im sorry that this kid died. im more sorry he made terrible choices that led to his demise. and im sorry for his parents who have to live with that.
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Dec 30, 2009 at 01:48 AM
    We are FAR to lenient on our criminals. We should shoot all of them...if they live, they will feel lucky and other would be criminals might think twice, rather than boldly commit crimes like they do now. If I was caught doing a B&E, I'd immediatly give up and do what the cops say. Otherwise, I'd expect a bullet or two to be headed my way. Armed robbery should carry a death sentence...but I guess that's just me.
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