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PlayStation 3 Offered as Raffle Prize in PlayStation 3 Police Shooting Case

U.S. sheriff's department has threatened to fire deputies selling raffle tickets for a Sony PlayStation 3 to benefit their fired coworker who fatally shot an unarmed teenager accused of stealing the video game.

Peyton Strickland, 18, was accused of stealing a PlayStation 3 when former deputy Christopher Long and other law enforcement officers served a warrant at his home on Dec. 1.

Strickland was killed when Long mistook the sound of a police battering ram for shots and opened fire, county authorities have said in court.

Wilmington police Sgt. Curt Stansbury said he and several New Hanover County deputies started the raffle.

No officers or deputies have sold raffle tickets while on duty, and they were just trying to make sure Long's two children have a good Christmas, he said.

When the county's chief deputy, Tom Parker, discovered Wednesday that two of his deputies were selling tickets, Parker said he threatened to fire them if they did not stop.

"I thought it was most inappropriate," Parker told the Wilmington Star-News. "It flies in the Strickland family's face as it would any family who's lost a loved one."

Wilmington police Chief Ralph Evangelous said he also heard about the raffle and called it "flabbergasting."

Authorities said the prize was later switched to a Panasonic 42-inch plasma TV.

Stansbury said anyone who bought a $20 raffle ticket in hopes of winning a PlayStation may ask for a refund, he said.

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Silver3603862d ago

People don't respect or like officers of the law. It is because of idiots like this.

Anerythristic263857d ago

The kid that got shot was a punk , it wasn't the officers fault in my eyes. Cause and Effect , if the punk kid wouldn't have beaten another person then stolen his property he wouldn't be shot by police officers serving a warrant for that crime.