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Police: Towing dispute led to fatal Raleigh shooting

Posted April 18

— An argument over a towed car led to a Raleigh shooting last week that left one man dead, police said Tuesday.

Taurean Whitfield Sutton, 30, of Raleigh, died at WakeMed after being shot late Friday in the 6100 block of St. Giles Street, off Glenwood Avenue near Pleasant Valley Road.

Police said Sutton was angry that his car had been towed and jumped into the cab of another tow truck and got into a fight with the driver, who shot him.

In the recording of a 911 call from the scene, which was released Tuesday, one man can be heard cursing at another man. Although it's difficult to make out exactly what was said because their voices are muffled, the second man said "I understand" and "I'm just trying to help" during the nine-minute call.

Police said they need to investigate the circumstances around the shooting more and consult with the Wake County District Attorney's Office before making a final decision on whether to file any charges in the case.


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  • Malakai Bluebone Apr 19, 11:08 a.m.
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    Also one basic fact about this statement, this is not the person that towed his car. Not aware of any laws regarding towing in hostile environments, if you would link them it would be appreciated considering most tows are repossessions or illegally parked vehicles. Those are always "hostile" environments.

    One thing to remember, towing companies are contracted by communities to remove cars parked in residents spaces. They are only performing a service. If you get mad you should get mad at the community for enforcing their code, not the driver.

  • Henry Cooper Apr 19, 12:00 a.m.
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    At the end of 2013 North Carolina law changed concerning what kind of force you can use when defending your home, your vehicles, and your place of work. The “Castle Doctrine” law, addresses specific circumstances under which a person can legally shoot or employ deadly force against another. Under the latest version of the Castle Doctrine, the lawful occupant of a home, motor vehicle or workplace is not required to retreat prior to using deadly force. The law presumes a person who unlawfully and by force enters or attempts to enter one of these locations intends to commit an unlawful act involving force or violence.

  • Henry Cooper Apr 18, 11:56 p.m.
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    Read the Castle Doctrine. Evade/retreat is specifically not required as of 2013. At one time you had to retreat or evade until cornered with no choice but that was changed in 2013.

  • Douglas Roberts Apr 18, 11:08 p.m.
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    there are laws that prevent towing in a hostile environment. When the owner contested , LE should have been called . The Castle Doctrine does not protect the shooter if he/she had the opportunity to evade. I think that opportunity will be found here.

  • Henry Cooper Apr 18, 5:03 p.m.
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    Exactly.... How is the guy sitting in his truck the hothead? He didn't even have the guy's car. All this driver did was defend himself. The Castle Doctrine/law applies to your car also in NC.

    "Under N.C.'s Castle Doctrine the lawful occupant of a home, motor vehicle or workplace isn't required to retreat prior to using deadly force"

    Some commenting here obviously don't know the law.

  • Malakai Bluebone Apr 18, 4:50 p.m.
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    Nope. This guy jumped in a tow truck and fought with the driver and got shot. Worst is this driver was not the one that pulled his car. If you jump in someone else's car you do not know you are likely to get shot.

    Guy gets angry, jumps in random person's truck because of it and gets shot. Sounds like his anger got him killed.

  • Abbigale Archer Apr 18, 3:23 p.m.
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    Oh so this man's anger got him killed. No a hot headed tow truck driver with an unauthorized firearm shot a man 4 times as he fled. Sure sounds like he got killed because the tow truck driver was a murderer. You people and your complaisance. Why not ask the question if Raleigh pd knew what happened why did it take so long to come out what happened...

  • Bobby Caudle Apr 18, 2:29 p.m.
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    this mans anger got him killed, resentments and anger is our no.1 offender