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Victim talks about encounter with man killed by deputies

Posted August 3, 2008

— As State Bureau of Investigation looks into the deputy-involved shooting death of a man suspected in a series of home break-ins, one of his alleged victims is talking.

Christopher Dean Trivett, 32, of Roxboro was shot and killed by Orange County deputies. He was the subject of a manhunt after home break-ins, an attempted sexual assault and two attempted slayings in Person County, authorities said.

Trivett's crime spree began Thursday after he stole a car from the Wal-Mart in Roxboro, authorities said.

According to arrest warrants, Trivett first broke into a Roxboro home at 290 Brooks Carr Drive while homeowner Tommy Carver was inside.

"I jumped up and went out behind him. I was in my shorts and barefoot. He never stopped, he just kept running," Carver said.

Trivett worked for three months at Carver's plumbing company. Carver said Trivett had previously battled alcohol abuse problems, but was a solid employee.

"It is something that carried him over the edge and I don't have a clue what it was and it bothers me. And that is really what I have been trying to figure out," Carver added.

Trivett stole two 12-gauge shotguns and a .22-caliber rifle from Carver's home, authorities said. Carver was not injured during the robbery.

After robbing Carver, Trivett broke into a home on Guess Road where he attempted to sexually assault a woman and tried to kill her and other woman, according to arrest warrants.

Trivett then wrecked the stolen car and abandoned it. Arrest warrants say Trivett used a shotgun while breaking into another Guess Road home.

Deputies encountered Trivett Saturday afternoon on New Sharon Church Road, near Guess Road in Rougemont. Deputies became "involved in a shooting incident after encountering a suspicious person," authorities said.

Trivett was fatally shot in the chest.

The name of the deputies involved in the shooting was withheld.


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  • Tarheel born Aug 4, 2008

    Good guys 1...bad guys 0! At least for today. Good job Deputy!

  • Tax Man Aug 4, 2008

    Really just a shame that Carver did not take this man out when he robbed Carver. He had the shotguns & should have used them! Would have saved lots of other people the additional grief.

  • doubletrouble Aug 4, 2008

    So Mom-of-3....if such an individual tried to rape you/tried to murder your children and in such attempts badly injure your children, via gunshots......and a cop corners him later and believes the individual takes a shot at him..the officer has no right to fire back/defend himself? Officers are trained to shoot for the largest mass(chest area), as this prevents a miss and keeps stray bullets from flying, endangering the public. They don't shoot to "wing" somebody as in the movies/TV. This gentlemen died because of HIS OWN actions-nothing more. I too think he was probably high on drugs(another decision he made)or attempting to get the needed cash for buying such. Another instance where Crack Kills.

  • cucamelsmd15 Aug 4, 2008

    MrGup2 said: "shoulda ended the same way, but at Carver's house."

    Agreed completely, otherwise, whats the point of that 12 gauge under the bed. I would have fired until it was empty and grabbed the next one for good measure.

  • ifcdirector Aug 4, 2008

    The deputy did the right thing that's for sure and I definitely would not second guess his judgement when his life and others were on the line here. I would have shot him too.

  • REDRD Aug 4, 2008

    "I have been a victim in more ways than you would ever know,..." the classic response to I've said something stupid so now feel sorry for me instead of expecting that I should take responsibility for my words. Don't hide behind free speech and opinions, you put it out there for the world to see, that's what is wrong with our society as a whole, people do and say stupid things and then want to try to sherk their responsibility for them. I don't want to see anyone get gunned down by a deputy, trooper, city cop or anyone else for that matter, but this guy made the choices that put him in this circumstance. Play with fire...

  • 007KnightRider Aug 4, 2008

    ERRN- Thank you I couldn't have said it better.

  • ERRN Aug 4, 2008

    mom-of-3, so are you saying that since you gave life to your kids you are allowed to kill them?? Or maybe if he was trying to kill your child, and you had a gun, you would just stand there and watch him kill one of your babies?? You are crazy.

  • nghtstarz2 Aug 4, 2008

    I can almost guarantee you the deputy gave him every chance. I live in this community and I believe the deputies did an excellent job of tracking him down so quickly compared to surrounding areas. Thank the law enforcement personnel so much for taking this man off the streets befoe someone was killed. I am thanking my God that it was not my home he broke into, my family he assaulted, and I am praying for the victims and the deputy. I doubt he/she is walking around patting him/her self on the back for taking a human life.

  • GetRight Aug 4, 2008

    Romans 13:1-6

    1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4 For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
    6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.