Orange County sheriff IDs man killed in officer-involved shooting

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Orange County officials Monday identified the man killed in an officer-involved shooting in Efland as Keo Crockett.

UPDATE: 911 call details incident that led up to fatal deputy-involved shooting in Orange County

Crockett was killed when the sheriff’s office said he pointed a gun at two deputies late Saturday night.


Just before 11 p.m., Mebane police asked for assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office with finding Keo Crockett.

Mebane police said Crockett was armed with a handgun when he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s Mebane residence on Old Hillsborough Road around 10:20 p.m. Crockett is accused of firing the gun during the home invasion.

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Deputy Duke Ashley and Deputy Tyler Chelenza responded to the call and were given Crockett’s Efland address to investigate.

Ashley and Chelenza arrived at the front of Crockett’s residence on Virginia Lee Lane with Ashley knocking on the door.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Crockett then abruptly came out of the house and pointed a gun at Ashley.

Both Ashley and Chelenza fired their weapons, striking and killing Crockett.

“There were four or five shots fired and I could see the flash from the gun,” said Wesley Dawson, a witness.

CBS North Carolina spoke to a person who was with Crockett’s ex-girlfriend that night in the Old Hillsborough Road home .

The person said Crockett’s ex-girlfriend is still processing what happened and is sad about anyone losing their life, but that night, they were fighting for their own lives.

The victim, who doesn’t want to be identified, said Crockett was inside their home for nearly 10 minutes, fighting, yelling and pointing a gun at them. The incident took place while their 4-year-old child was in the bedroom sleeping.

Crockett’s neighbors say they never thought something like this would happen to him.

Ashley has been serving since January 2012 with Chelenza serving since December 2011.

Both have been put on administrative leave, which is standard procedure while the SBI and Orange County district attorney investigates.

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