Ex-Deputy Charged In Shooting Of Wilmington Student

A deputy charged in the shooting death of a teenager has told investigators that he thought he heard gunfire from inside the house where he and other officers were serving a warrant.

Christopher Long is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Peyton Strickland, who was shot in the head December First as deputies and police converged on the house in Wilmington.

The 18-year-old Strickland was accused of stealing two PlayStation 3 video game systems. The officers knocked on the door and saw Strickland through a window. Then one of them used a battering ram to knock on the door again. Prosecutors say, at that point, Long thought he heard the gunfire, and fired his weapon.

The officer with the ram then forced the door open. District Attorney Ben David says the grand jury indicted Long but cleared two other deputies. Long, a 12-year veteran of the sheriff's department, was fired last week.