Protest for justice for Harnett Co. dad killed by deputy planned for Thursday

33-year-old John Livingston (right) in a photo with family members. Photo supplied by family to WNCN

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (WNCN) – A protest demanding justice for John Livingston, the father of three killed by a Harnett County deputy in November, is scheduled for Thursday.


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Livingston was shot multiple times in the early morning hours of Nov. 15 during an incident with Harnett County Deputy Nicholas Kehagais.

The incident began as two deputies arrived on scene to conduct an assault investigation, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office said.

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An affidavit said Livingston made contact with deputy Nicholas Kehagais in front of the residence as deputy John Werbelow went around back. Kehagais asked Livingston for permission to search the residence for the suspects.

Livingston tried to slam the door shut while the deputy was still in the doorway, hitting Kehagais’ foot, according to documents.

Kehagais attempted to arrest Livingston but he became “combative” and a struggle ensued, documents showed.

Kehagais took Livingston to the ground and used a stun gun on him but it was ineffective.

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An affidavits shows Livingston then used Kehagais’ stun gun against the deputy in the abdomen.

Livingston’s roommate Clayton Carroll said he never saw Kehagais drop his stun gun.

“He did not drop the taser, the officer never dropped the taser,” Carroll said.

Livingston died on the front porch of his home around 4 a.m. on Nov. 15.

Livingston’s death is being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

The group plans to pass out flyers Wednesday for Thursday’s protest which is expected to begin around 8:30 a.m. at the Harnett County Courthouse in Lillington.

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