DA: Deputy won't face charges in fatal shooting
Posted November 12, 2008
Hillsborough, N.C. — Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall says a sheriff's deputy was justified in using deadly force when he fatally shot a man suspected in a series of crimes in August.
Orange County Deputy Joshua Scott Wiseman, 23, shot Christopher Dean Trivett, 32, on Aug. 2 on New Sharon Church Road in the northern part of the county. Trivett had been wanted on attempted first-degree murder and burglary charges, among others.
Woodall decided not to file charges after reviewing a State Bureau of Investigation report.
Police say Wiseman had responded to a 911 call from someone who recognized Trivett from media reports.
Woodall reported Tuesday that the deputy caught up with Trivett after a chase and ordered him to put his hands up.
Woodall says Trivett instead reached into a backpack. Wiseman then shot Trivett, fearing he was reaching for a gun.