December 4, 2006 - The PlayStation 3's launch on November 17 was marked by long waits, crowded lines, and a few injuries. Now the new system has claimed its first life. Last Friday, police in North Carolina shot and killed a teenager who was accused of stealing two PS3s.
The shooting occurred at the home of suspect Peyton Strickland, 18, which he shared with three roommates. Police had been sent to the home to arrest Strickland, but according to New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey, the teenager refused to open the door and officers had to break it down.
One of Strickland's roommates said the shooting victim was about to open the door when police broke it down, and that he was unarmed but holding a PlayStation 3 controller at the time. Strickland's dog, a German shepherd, was also shot and killed.
A University of North Carolina-Wilmington student alleges that Strickland, a Cape Fear Community College student, and another UNC-Wilmington attendee attacked him in his apartment after he arrived home from buying two PS3s on launch day. The officers sent to arrest Strickland were members of a special unit helping university officers serve warrants. Sheriff Causey did not specify why the special unit was helping with this particular arrest. Three deputies from the special unit have been placed on paid leave and the State Bureau of Investigation is examining the case.
The second man named in the arrest warrant was arrested at a different address and released on bail Saturday.
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So the real criminals are the cops when the person was
a) a criminal who robbed someone
b) was being served a warrant
c) wasn't cooperating and refused to open the door
d) had a black item in his hand
So this makes it aright for needless deaths in your country. M8 in a civil country like the UK we don't shoot people that have a PS3 controller as a weapon, we are not that power hungry.
I honestly feel sorry for the people you know if this is the pov's you dish out during a discussion. Hit him with a baton, taser him but lets not kill a thief just because he has something which looks like and feels like a PS3 CONTROLLER.
I don't understand why they couldn't take the extra second to analyze the situation before they fired upon the civilian. EVEN THOUGH he was charged with (armed?) robbery, you shouldn't assume that he was armed when he was sitting at home. Of course it is all situational, if the guy hopped up and sprinted at the officers with a PS3 controller, it could be assumed that he was armed... But who knows? It's a lousy situation, I just hope that the cops don't simply get off with no consequences.
This happened in my home town. My mom is an officer in the Wilmington Police Department and i know for a fact they dont play around. I need to call back home and find out any other details about this. I got friends that go to UNCW and Cape Fear Community College.
Edit: Correction that was New Hanover County SHERRIF's department not WPD. And I swear most of the deputies that I know are good guys that know there job. But you sometimes do have guys that are bad apples.