SBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Salisbury

One suspect is dead after officers of the Special Response Team exchanged gunfire Thursday while trying to serve a warrant, police say.

SALISBURY, N.C. -- The SBI is investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting that took place Thursday morning in Salisbury. 

"I ran all the way up here I ran nonstop all the way up here," said Mya Miller.

Miller was devastated to hear the news this morning. Her brother, 22-year old Ferguson Laurent Jr., had been shot and killed.

"I just saw him last night," Miller said.

Police say a three-month investigation lead them to a home on East Lafayette Street in Salisbury to serve a "no-knock" warrant, meaning they force entry into the home without giving any warning. They were looking for narcotics, weapons and stolen property. 

"Because of the danger that was present, we used the Special Response Team who are specially trained in making entry into a home with people who are armed," said Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes.

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Chief Stokes says when officers entered one of the rooms, Laurent fired a shot at two of them. Officer K. Boehm, who's been with the department since 2008, fired back, hitting Laurent. He died shortly after at the hospital. Neighbors were on edge after the incident took place.

"It's hard to be a cop because you're pegged as the bad guy automatically," said Shaquanda Nicholson.

The SBI is investigating whether or not the shooting was justified.  Miller is already deep into the grieving process.

"All I can pray for is us to stay together and be strong," Miller said.

Chief Stokes says the Special Response Team does not wear body cameras.

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