Playstation Raffle Canceled

NEW HANOVER CO. -- It's been almost three weeks since 18-year-old Peyton Strickland was shot and killed by former New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Long. There's a new devlopment related to that incident some are calling heartless and distasteful.

Wilmington police officers and New Hanover County sheriff's deputies were selling raffle tickets for a Playstation 3 to raise money for Long and his family.

Strickland's family and friends are outraged over the news, saying raffling off the gaming system is distasteful. Strickland and two other college students were accused of stealing two Playstation 3 consoles from a UNCW student. Deputies were attempting to arrest Strickland at his College Acres home when Long shot and killed him.

The number two man in charge at the sheriff's department admits the raffle was in poor taste.

"We thought raffling off a Playstation 3 was in very poor taste and would fly in the face of the Strickland family and anyone else," says Chief Deputy Tom Parker.

Parker says two of his deputies who were selling raffle tickets have been told to stop immediately or they could be fired.

Meanwhile, WECT has been told the raffle prize has been changed to a plasma television.

The Playstation systems in the original raffle were not the consoles Strickland and his friends were accused of stealing.

Reported by Kacey Gaumer