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Friends, family seek justice for Raleigh man after fatal shooting

Posted April 26

— A Raleigh man was shot and killed by a tow truck driver 10 days ago, and so far, no one has been charged, according to investigators.

Taurean Whitfield Sutton, 30, died at WakeMed on April 14 after being shot in the 6100 block of St. Giles Street, off Glenwood Avenue near Pleasant Valley Road.

His friends and family members now want to know why the shooting happened.

Friends said when Sutton's car was towed from an apartment complex in Raleigh for having expired tags, he couldn't afford to get it out of storage. But the tow truck driver agreed to let Sutton pick up his belongings from the car the next day.

"He agreed he was going to come get his property," said Dustin Bettis, who towed Sutton’s car.

Bettis said that was the last he heard from Sutton.

Sutton's friend, Derrick Mitchell, said he was not that upset about his car being towed.

"Just let me get my stuff out of the car. That's all he wanted," Mitchell said.

So the police explanation about Sutton’s final hours makes no sense to him.

Police say Sutton, angry about the loss of his car, jumped into the cab of another tow truck and got into a fight with that driver, who shot him.

"I don't know enough to know what happened, but I know what happened wasn't right. It's not right," Mitchell said.

"Absolutely someone should be charged in this case because Taurean is a good man. He didn't deserve that," said LaShonda Goode, who used to date Sutton.

A muffled 911 tape recorded the conversation between the men, but provides few answers for Goode. She said she doesn’t believe Sutton  would not have provoked anyone.

"He wouldn't hurt anybody. (He was) very protective, loving, that was one of the things I've always loved about him. He would give what he didn't have," she said.

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said there are no pending charges in the case but that charges could be filed if the police investigation turns up evidence to warrant them.


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