Sheriff's Deputy Dismissed After Deadly Shooting

NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- One of the deputies involved in a shooting that killed an 18-year-old has been dismissed from the sheriff's office.

Deputy Chris Long has been dismissed and faces possible criminal charges.

Sheriff Sid Causey announced the action in a faxed press release around 5:00pm Friday.

Long is a ten year veteran of the sheriff's office. He was one of three deputies who went to Strickland's house in Long Leaf Acres one week ago. They wanted to arrest the Cape Fear Community College student in connection with the robbery of Playstation 3 video game consoles.

Strickland was shot and killed by the deputies, although authorities haven't identified which man pulled the trigger. Up to now the sheriff hasn't said why Strickland was shot.

Not only has Long lost his job, Causey says the S.B.I. could file criminal charges against him.

There is no word on actions, if any, involving the two other named deputies, Larry Robinson and Greg Johnson.

Long is 34 years old. He had been involved in a previous shooting when he wounded two teenagers. He was cleared of wrongdoing in that case.