Dispatch audio from deaf man shot, killed by trooper following chase in NE Charlotte

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UPDATE: 8/20/16 (9:20 a.m.) Authorities have released the dispatch audio involving the deaf man, Daniel Harris, shot and killed by a trooper involved in a chase two weeks ago.

The communication is between the dispatch and the trooper, who shot and killed Harris, according to authorities.

The State Bureau of Investigation launched a criminal investigation. 

The audio is over 18 minutes long.

Here is a quick overview of the recording: 

  • About one minute in, Trooper Saunders reports he clocked Harris going 88 in a 70
  • Shortly after that, he reports Harris’ speed is near 100 MPH
  • About three minutes in, Saunders says that he attempted a PIT (precision immobilization technique) maneuver, but that it failed
  • At five minutes in, they’re talking about a rolling road block to try to get Harris to stop on Rocky River
  • About seven minutes in, Saunders reports turning on Seven Oaks
  • At 7:16 Saunders calls out “jump and run, jump and run” 
  • At 7:28, just :12 later, he reports “shots fired, one down” 


A police chase turned into a deadly trooper-involved shooting Thursday night in northeast Charlotte. 

The man shot and killed, Daniel Kevin Harris, 29, was hard of hearing, according to authorities.

North Carolina Highway Patrol tried to stop a Volvo passenger vehicle on I-485 near the 30 mile marker for a speeding violation around 6:15 p.m.

Troopers said the driver of the Volvo failed to stop. After a short chase the vehicle traveled onto Rocky River Road and Seven Oaks Drive.

The driver exited the vehicle on Seven Oaks Drive and an encounter took place between the driver and North Carolina State Trooper Jermaine Saunders causing one shot to be fired, according to troopers.

The driver died on scene. The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation. 

SBI said they're in the process of obtaining all available dash cam or body camera video present on the scene from the State Highway Patrol as well as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as they also responded to the scene immediately after the shooting.  

The trooper has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation as is standard operating procedure in any trooper involved shooting.