CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The father of a man shot to death by a North Carolina sheriff's deputy says the officer could have used pepper spray or a stun gun and didn't need deadly force to subdue his stepson.
Daryl Carpenter is disputing the official report from the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office.
The initial statement from the sheriff's office said Deputy Scott Trammel shot and killed 24-year-old Pedro Cruz-Amado in the front yard of his home after Cruz-Amado hit Trammel twice with metal chairs. The second time, the sheriff's office said Trammel was hit in the head, after which he shot and killed Cruz-Amado.
Carpenter said family members told him that his stepson, who had been battling depression, threw one chair that Trammel deflected and grabbed another chair before the shooting.