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Man killed in officer-involved shooting at Sanford home

Posted December 10, 2014 4:53 p.m. EST
Updated December 11, 2014 8:38 a.m. EST

— A man died Wednesday afternoon after he was shot by a Sanford police officer inside a home in the 600 block of Magnolia Street.

Family members identified the victim as Travis Faison, 24.

For hours after the mid-afternoon shooting, relatives stood outside police crime scene tape awaiting any information from authorities.

"They are trying to keep it down, because the police did it," said Tyrone Bell, a cousin.

Bell said his brother was on the phone with Faison when police arrived at the home to serve a warrant. Moments later, the phone hit the ground.

"My brother says he heard one gunshot," Bell said.

Tyrese Bell, another cousin of Faison, said cops were outside the home when he arrived.

"When I got here there were three cops surrounding my house saying that they had came in here because somebody was running through the woods that they were looking for that had (committed) a robbery," he said. "When they got here they had shot my cousin dead."

Late Wednesday evening, some of Faison's family members set fire to furniture in the front yard of the home. Police and fire crews returned to the home and extinguished the fire.

Later, the same family members set fire to a wooded area across the street from Faison's home. Police and fire crews returned again, and the crowd dispersed.

"People are angry, very angry," Cedric Womack, another cousin of Faison, said.

Sanford police have not identified the officer involved, only saying the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident, which is standard in officer-involved shootings. No other information about the shooting has been released.

Family members wondered why the officer didn't use a less lethal use of force.

"It is sad the police did this behind a simple warrant," Womack said. "If it was that serious, how come you didn't tase him? What's wrong with a Taser?"