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 has 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.