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WILMINGTON — It's been more than a year since a New Hanover County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a Cape Fear Community College student, 18-year-old Peyton Strickland, in a bungled raid on the victim's home. Today there's a resolution in the long-disputed case. Strickland's family and New Hanover County agreed on a $2.45 million settlement Tuesday. Along with the monetary settlement Sheriff Sid Causey also agreed to have a consultant come in to review the policies and procedures of the sheriff's emergency response team. Former Deputy Chris Long was part of that team when it tried to serve an arrest and search warrant at Strickland's home in December of 2006. Strickland was a suspect in the theft of a Playstation 3 game from another UNCW student. Long confused the sound of a battering ram hitting the door for gunshots and shot through the door, hitting Strickland in the head. Long, a ten-year veteran of the force, was fired after the incident but cleared of any wrong doing by a grand jury. Wednesday the sheriff issued an apology to Strickland's family. Causey said, "First and foremost, I would like to issue an apology to the Strickland family. I cannot imagine the immense sorrow the Strickland family must continue to feel but they will forever be in my thought and prayers." The Stricklands said they have accepted Causey's apology and plan to spend all $2.45 million on charities and a foundation in Strickland's name. The county will have to pay $25,000 of the settlement. The settlement agreement will be presented to county commissioners at a March 10 meeting.

Family's statement We accept the sincere apology of Sheriff Sid Causey. We also appreciate Sheriff Causey's public acknowledgment that Peyton was unarmed and posed no threat as he answered his front door. We believe Peyton's death would have been prevented if the Sheriff's Department had better Emergency Response Team policies and procedures. We are therefore gratified that Sheriff Causey has agreed to have his Department's ERT policies and procedures evaluated and that he is committed to identifying and implementing changes that may help save lives. It is also our hope that other law enforcement agencies around the state will learn from this tragedy. We look forward to creating The Peyton Brooks Strickland Foundation. By its work, the Foundation will reflect Peyton's generosity of spirit and compassion in its charitable work in New Hanover County and elsewhere. Peyton is gone. Nothing can bring him back. We are, however, thankful for the New Hanover County Sheriff Department's efforts to right its wrong and in doing so to help us ensure Peyton's legacy. Don and Kathy Strickland February 27, 2008

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44 Comments on "Sheriff’s department settles with Strickland family"


rowp
2015 years 9 months ago

funny how the sheriff’s dept. and the taxpayers have to pay for officer long’s screwup and the next week you get a donation form in the mail wanting money for the sheriff’s association. coincidental isn’t it.

WilmMan
2015 years 9 months ago

It’s not the fault of the Sheriff or NHSO that nobody is in jail. The DA took the cause to a grand jury. They are the ones that said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove wrong doing. These are the same people that have put many murderers in jail. These are the same people you pass every day while driving down the steret. They are citizens of NHC. If you are made at anybody, be mad at them

Scally Wagg
2015 years 9 months ago

What evidence a playstation?

Guestoff
2015 years 9 months ago

…apologized to Peyton’s family and admits the kid was unarmed and posed no threat, Yet no one is is in jail nor will they be. Is no one responsible or was all the blame just sloughed off on Payton Strickland?

It seems $2.5 million and an apology is the price of justice if you wear a badge and we the taxpayers pick up that tab too.

Resign Sid Causey, Today!

star delight
2015 years 9 months ago

IT’S A SAD SAD SHAME THAT ALL THIS TIME HAS WENT BY AND THIS MATTER IS FINALLY SETTLED. ALL THE OFFICER HAD TO DO WAS ADMIT THE HE MAD A MISTAKE.. ALL HE HAD TO DO WAS BE A BETTER MAN… BUT NO ON HE STOOD BEHIND HIS BOSS FOR HELP …MY GOD IF YOU MADE A MISTAKE ADMIT IT…ALL THE MONEY TAXPAYERS SPENT THROGH LENGHTLY COURT PROCESSES WAS WORTHLESS… WHEN IN THE END NEW HANOVER HAS TO STILL PAY… ALL THE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS THIS MOTHER HAD TO ENDURE BECAUSE OF THE COWARDLY ACTS OF THE NEW HANOVER COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT… IT MAKES ME SICK.. TO THING THAT THIS OFFICER THOUGHT HE WAS JUSTIFED BECAUSE HE MADE A LIFELY MISTAKE…NO MATTER WHAT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY INVOLVED THIS MOTHER HAS LOST HER SON BECAUSE OF A BUNCH OF COWARDS…ALL BEHIND A STUPID GAME….WHICH WAS THE DUMBEST THING TO INVOLE A SWAT TEAM FOR A PLAYSTATION… WOW NEW HANOVER COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT YOU’RE A PIECE OF WORK.. BAD CALL ON YOU GUYS… NEXT TIME “MYOB” MIND YOU’R OWN BUSINESS AND DEAL WITH COUNTY MATTERS…

 

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