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Names released in Sunday morning Trooper-related shooting in Kinston

INTRO – The names of those involved in a Highway Patrol trooper involved shooting Sunday morning in Kinston have been released.

The incident occurred Sunday morning when state Highway Patrol trooper William A. Hardison responded to a request for assistance from the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office. A shooting had been reported at Club Aries in Kinston. A Department of Public Safety press release says when he arrived, he saw two men running toward him, one armed. Trooper Hardison exited his vehicle and ordered the armed man to stop and drop his weapon, at which point the suspect raised the gun. Hardison then shot and killed 18-year-old Deriante Deon Miller of Kinston. The other suspect was apprehended without incident. Trooper Hardison is a six-year veteran assigned to the Troop A District 7 Kinston Highway Patrol office. He has been placed on Administrative Duty pending an internal investigation, which is standard procedure in trooper-involved shootings. I’m George Olsen.

George Olsen is a 1977 Havelock High School graduate. He received his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1982 where he got his first taste of non-commercial radio working for their student station WUSC. After graduation he worked about five years in commercial radio before coming to work at Public Radio East where he has remained since outside of a nearly 3-year stint as jazz and operations coordinator at WUAL in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the early 1990s. On his return to eastern North Carolina he hosted classical music for Public Radio East before moving into the Morning Edition host position and now can be heard on All Things Considered. He also hosts and produces The Sound, five hours of Americana, Roots Rock and Contemporary Folk weekday evenings on PRE Public Radio East News & Ideas, and is a news and feature producer for Public Radio East.