A Cleveland County sheriff’s deputy violated no policies or procedures when he fatally shot a man who hit the officer in the head with a metal chair, Sheriff Alan Norman said a preliminary review shows.
Tuesday’s shooting happened after Deputy Scott Trammel was dispatched to the 1300 block of East Stage Coach Trail to help EMS responders, Norman said.
The 911 caller said her brother was threatening to harm himself and that he was in the yard with his mother telling everybody “bye,” according to the sheriff.
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Pedro Cruz-Amado was sitting on the front porch when Trammel arrived. Cruz-Amado charged at the officer and hit him with the chair, Norman said.
As Trammel began to back away, Cruz-Amado picked up the chair again and hit the officer in the head. Trammel then shot Cruz-Amado to stop the attack, Norman said.
The SBI was called in to investigate, which is protocol for officer-involved shootings, Norman said. Trammel has been placed on administrative paid leave, also standard procedure.
“A preliminary review shows that Deputy Trammel did not violate any policies or procedures,” Norman said in a news release. “It is sad that an individual had to lose a life. I would ask the public to keep Deputy Trammel and his family along with the family of Mr. Cruz-Amado in their thoughts and prayers.”
Daryl Carpenter, Cruz-Amado’s stepfather, told Observer news partner WBTV he wonders why deadly force was used.
"Why couldn’t he have used a Taser?” Carpenter asked. “Why couldn’t he use pepper spray? These are just questions you ask.”