Sheriff IDs two Orange County deputies involved in fatal shooting of home invasion suspect
Posted February 19
Updated February 20
Efland, N.C. — The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating after two deputies fatally shot a man late Saturday night at a home in Efland.
The events that led to the shooting began at about 10 p.m. at a home located on Old Hillsborough Road in Mebane, authorities said.
David Parker, the man who lives in the home, said 46-year-old Keo Crockett broke into the home and pointed a gun at Parker and his girlfriend.
Parker says Crockett put him in a choke hold before leaving the home. Parker, his girlfriend and the couple's 4-year-old daughter, who was home during the incident, were not seriously hurt.
Following the break-in, Mebane police contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Office and asked deputies to go to Crockett's home on Virginia Lee Lane in Efland.
When deputies arrived at the home and knocked on the door, an armed man came outside the home and raised the gun at two deputies, who opened fire and killed the man.
The deputies, named Duke Ashley and Tyler Chelenza, have been in the department since 2012 and 2011, respectively. They have been placed on administrative duty, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.
The sheriff's office says the man deputies shot and killed was the same person Mebane police were looking for in the home invasion, although officials did not confirm that Crockett was the man killed.
Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood would not comment on the incident Sunday, saying only that the matter has been turned over to the district attorney's office.
Kyle Dawson, who lives across the street from where the fatal confrontation took place, said his brother was outside at the time of the shooting.
"He heard the gunshots, and he came running inside. And the next thing we know, my mom and my brother all run outside trying to see what happened," Dawson said.