The Latest: Deaf driver killed by trooper afraid of police


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the police shooting of a deaf man in North Carolina (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

The brother of a deaf man shot by a North Carolina state trooper says the 29-year-old was scared of police after several misunderstandings with officers.

Sam Harris said Wednesday that the family is still trying to piece together what happened a week ago. Authorities say Trooper Jermaine Saunders was trying to pull Daniel Harris over for speeding on Interstate 485 northeast of Charlotte when he led the officer on a 10-mile chase. Harris was shot within sight of his home.

Sam Harris says investigators have released little information to the family.

A review of public records shows a few traffic and other minor charges against Harris from other states, including two resisting arrest charges that were later dropped. Sam Harris stopped an interview when asked if those charges led to his brother’s fear of police.

Sam Harris is also deaf and spoke through an interpreter.

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3:30 a.m.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is urging people to not jump to conclusions as state agents investigate how a deaf driver with a history of minor offenses ended up dead after leading a trooper on a 10-mile chase.

State Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry says the investigation into last Thursday’s shooting is ongoing.

The family of Daniel Kevin Harris says he was unarmed and suggests the sequence of events last week was a tragic misunderstanding.

Authorities haven’t said why Trooper Jermaine Saunders fired.

A review of public records shows a few traffic and other minor charges against Harris from other states, including a Denver police report that says he damaged his employer’s vehicle with his own car after he was fired last year.

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