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Suspect Shot To Death After Leading Authorities On High-Speed Chase

Posted July 29, 2003

— Two Harnett County sheriff's deputies are on administrative leave after fatally shooting a suspect who led officials on a three-county chase Monday afternoon.

"I stepped out on my front porch and saw the car down here with the lights flashing. In two or three minutes, in droves, there were state troopers," she said.

Rollins said Buchanan was armed with a knife. When he refused to put it down, two Harnett County officers -- Jeffrey Huber, captain of investigations and special response team commander, and William Morris, lieutenant of narcotics -- fired four shots, killing the suspect. Rollins did not say how many shots hit Buchanan.

"Commands were given for him to subside, to lay down his weapon. He was aggressive, attempted assault and that's when the officer shot him," Rollins said.

Both officers have over 14 years of law enforcement experience. The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation.

Rollins said he did not know what led to the chase and who owned the Dodge Daytona Buchanan was drivng.

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Michelle Singer

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