CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - The State Bureau of Investigation said it is launching a criminal investigation into the shooting death of a local deaf man at the hands of a state trooper.
The investigation was launched on the same day a memorial was being held for 29-year-old Daniel Harris.
Harris' memorial was held Tuesday, August 23 at First Baptist Church. Friends and family said they still can't shake the belief that Harris did not need to die in this way.
"Nobody wants to be in this situation."
Harris was shot by a North Carolina state trooper after he failed to stop for a speeding ticket. A chase between the Charlotte man and the trooper ended in Harris' neighborhood where Harris got out of the car and was shot and killed shortly after.
It's unclear whether or not Harris, being deaf, knew the afternoon chase was happening.
The S.B.I. is now conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting death.
"Whatever they do, it's not going to be good enough, it's not going to bring Daniel back."
As people gathered at First Baptist Church for his service on Tuesday, news of the criminal investigation solidifies their beliefs that Harris did not need to die.
"No there's no question at all in my eyes. I'm wondering why it would be a question, why it would be anything other than a criminal investigation."
FOX 46 Charlotte spoke through an interpreter with Harris' family on Monday. They want officials to take action.
"It's about law enforcement awareness of communicating and interacting with deaf people, before something often happens. Before somebody gets shot and killed and is dead."
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