Deputies won't face charges in Todd Burroughs shooting, body camera footage released
WENTWORTH, N.C. (WGHP) — Rockingham County District Attorney Craig Blitzer said at a news conference today that no charges will be filed against the deputies in the May 29 shooting death of Todd Burroughs.
Burroughs was driving his wife and two children home from a wedding when two deputies saw his pickup in the parking lot of a business along U.S. 220 Business, according to the State Bureau of Investigation. Burroughs pulled away as deputies approached shortly before 2 a.m. The deputies pursued Burroughs' vehicle for several miles with their blue lights on. Officials said the vehicle pulled into a driveway off Garrett Road and the deputies confronted Burroughs when he got out of his vehicle.
A struggle ensued and deputies used pepper spray and a stun gun on Burroughs before one deputy shot him as well his pit bull. Investigators said the dog charged. Burroughs' wife and two of his kids were inside the vehicle.
One of the deputies was wearing a body camera. About 45 seconds of a 40-minute long video was played for media today. Blitzer said a deputy only turned on his body camera just before the shooting, after Burroughs had taken his baton.
FOX8's Sarah Krueger said the footage is dark but the audio is clear. Burroughs can be heard cursing at deputies and a deputy is heard asking Burroughs to put down a baton that he had apparently grabbed from one of the deputies.
Burroughs' family attorney spoke after the news conference Friday saying the family is outraged that no charges are being brought against the deputies. He also said he and the family were not allowed into the press conference. The attorney said they are working on a civil suit against the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.
The deputies involved in the shooting were Cpl. F.L. Martin and Deputy C.M. Myers. Martin has worked with the sheriff's office for 14 years, while Myers has worked there two months. Both men will return to full duty on Monday, Rockingham Sheriff's officials said.