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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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