Trooper, suspect identified in Lenoir Co. shooting at Club Aries

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – According to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Deriante Deon Miller, 18, of Kinston was identified as the man shot and killed by a Highway Patrol trooper early-Sunday morning.

William A. Hardison, 29, was identified as the trooper who fatally struck Miller. Hardison is a six-year veteran assigned to the Troop-A District 7 Kinston Highway Patrol.

He’s been placed on administrative leave, which is standard during this type of investigation.

The Medical Examiner’s autopsy, investigation and toxicology report could take months to finalize and be made available to the SBI.

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The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said Sunday that a Highway Patrol trooper fatally shot a person who was pointing a gun at him outside of Club Aries in Kinston.

On Sunday, around 2:15 a.m., a trooper responded to a call for assistance by the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office that involved a shooting that had occurred at Club Aries at the intersection of Suttontown Road and Poole Road.

Kinston Police said hundreds of people started fighting and one female was shot, which prompted the call for extra assistance.

A neighbor of the club, Fredwrick Williams, said, “At the moment, I was scared. Not so much for me, but thinking that someone got shot and then I thought about my house and my dog.”

Highway Patrol said the trooper approached the scene and got out of his car when he encountered two male subjects running towards him. The trooper saw that one of the subjects had a gun and failed to comply with his commands to stop and drop the weapon. Highway Patrol said the person pointed the weapon directly at the trooper, who fired fatally striking the individual.

The second person was taken into custody. Two weapons were recovered from the scene and the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.

“This type of incident is a reminder of the serious and dangerous situations our troopers face every single day,” North Carolina State Highway Patrol Colonel William Grey said. “We are saddened by the loss of life but grateful that our trooper is safe.”

The trooper is a six-year veteran assigned to the Troop A District 7 Kinston Highway Patrol office located in Lenoir County. He has been placed on Administrative Duty pending an internal investigation which is standard operating procedure in all trooper-involved shootings.

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