FBI investigating officer shooting of Harnett County dad

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) – The FBI is investigating the death of John Livingston in Harnett County, the bureau confirmed Tuesday.


Livingston, 33, was shot and killed by Harnett County deputy Nicholas Kehagais in November. Kehagais

“The Charlotte FBI Field Office, Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina have opened an investigation to determine if any violations of federal law occurred surrounding the death of John Livingston II. As this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time.”

In April, a grand jury declined to indict Kehagais.

Harnett County deputies came looking for a suspect in an assault around 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning on Nov. 15.

Livingston and his roommate, Clayton Carroll, told authorities, who did not have a search warrant, that the man deputies wanted did not live there.

Livingston then told authorities to leave, adding that they couldn’t come in without a search warrant, Carroll said.

But during that incident, authorities claim Livingston shut the door on a deputy’s foot, which sparked an altercation between Livingston and Kehagais.

Carroll said that deputies kicked open the door, but officials disagree.

In court documents, authorities say Kehagais dropped his stun gun and Livingston picked it up and shocked the deputy which led to Kehagais shooting Livingston at least three times.

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