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One dead in officer-involved shooting in Harnett County

Posted November 15, 2015
Updated May 16, 2016

— One man is dead following a confrontation between a suspect and Harnett County deputies in Spring Lake on Sunday morning.

Authorities said that deputies responded to a residence at 146 Everett St., near the intersection of Stage Road and West Everett Drive, at 3:39 a.m. to follow-up on an assault investigation. A confrontation with an individual at the home resulted in a shooting.

John David Livingston, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene. A deputy sustained minor injuries.

Bristol Edge said she witnessed the incident.

"My friend Clayton and I started screaming and pretty much going crazy," she said. "The officers asked us to grab something to put pressure on the wounds."

A friend of Livingston's, who only wanted to be identified as Pam, said she does not think he friend would have fought with an officer.

"He wouldn't have ever gone against the police like that," she said. "There is just no way any of us are buying that. I mean, there are people that do and we know that, but that just is not who he was."

Deputy Nicholas Kehagias has been placed on administrative leave while the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation reviews the incident, which is standard procedure.

Kehagias has worked with the Harnett County Sheriff's Office since July 2013 and is assigned to the Patrol Division.


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  • James Coats Nov 19, 2015
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    Still no info?

  • Kim Schrock Nov 17, 2015
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    There is more to this story than we are reading. It was murder in my opinion but why? Why did it take so long for EM to arrive when it is only 200yds down the street. It is my belief that if someone comes to your door with a gun you should answer it with one.

  • James Coats Nov 17, 2015
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    Once he illegally entered the home, he no longer has the protections offered to a LEO. I see a man trying to defend his home under the castle doctrine, the officer in every way attacked him. IF what every other news outlet other than WRAL is reporting is true. Also I don't know how many times a Taser can be fired, if only once, then the man couldn't have used it on the deputy, and the deputy was in no danger.

  • Barry Smith Nov 16, 2015
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    The deputies were told they were at the wrong residence when then guy answered his door. He told them if they wanted to come in they needed a warrant, at which point the deputies forced their way into the wrong house, without said warrant and killed the resident. These deputies need to be brought up on murder charges.

  • James Grimes Jr. Nov 16, 2015
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    WNCN has a nice little write-up about there not being a warrant, and the officer was told he couldn't enter the residence without one, and then the officer kicked down the door, and how the victim tried to get the taser from the officer after the officer tried to use it on him, while he was protecting his own home. http://wncn.com/2015/11/15/1-killed-in-harnett-co-officer-involved-shooting/

  • Jason Pierce Nov 16, 2015
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    Taser is a "non-lethal" weapon but it is weapon that can be used to incapcitate the officer which would leave him/her defenseless. You may not be aware but all Officers are required to be hit with the taser before being allowed to carry it so they know the effects. Grabbing at a taser is the same thing as grabbing at an officers gun.

  • John Lobenstein Nov 15, 2015
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    John Livingston should not have attacked the officer. Did you miss the part that the deputy(ies) was/were responding to an assault incident.

  • Matt Nickeson Nov 15, 2015
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    You are probably the same person that argues police shouldn't use Tasers because of their risk of death.

  • Bobbie Perry Chestnut Nov 15, 2015
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    maybe they should have put him in time out and gave him a hug and made things all better cause he probably had a bad childhood............Not

  • Nicole Jones Nov 15, 2015
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    Yeah you're right. There's no possibility that after they get the taser and use it on the deputy that they'll take the deputy's service weapon and use it on him. I mean that could never happen, right? Why would the deputy have any concern for his own safety?