But he just had a machete! Why did he have to shoot him 7 times?
Hooker said (Suspect) went after a second deputy at the scene, Damien King, and that King shot him twice. (Suspect) kept coming at King, and the deputy fired five more shots that all struck (Suspect) in the upper torso, Hooker said. (Suspect) died in the middle of Richardson Road.
I don’t know about you, but if someone was chasing me with a machete, I’d shoot him too. But his family insists he was a good guy.
And just an instant before he was shot, he was threatening to kill a Johnston County Deputy Sheriff. That seems more relevant to the situation.
Perhaps this incident wasn’t all that out of character for him. After a drunken argument, the suspect decided to get a rifle.
So we have a convicted felon retrieving “his” rifle and only stopped from using it by an elderly family member who is himself a convicted criminal, if only a misdemeanant. Another family member says he was mentally disturbed.
The family wishes it had turned out differently.
I’ve got news for them. If this story is true then the deputy didn’t kill the suspect. The suspect killed himself. The deputy just carried the bullets for a while.