STONEVILLE, NC -- A man and his dog are dead following a deputy-involved shooting in Rockingham County.
The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office says it all started as a routine traffic stop but ended in a deadly shooting.
The incident happened in the victim's driveway on Garrett Road near 220 Business North in Stoneville about 1:50 Sunday morning.
The family of the man who was shot says his name is Todd Burroughs.
However, that name has not been confirmed by any investigators at the time of this report.
According to the State Bureau of Investigation, two deputies were doing routine patrol when they saw a car parked behind a business. When the car drove away, the deputies tried to pull them over for a traffic stop, but the car did not stop for several miles. Police followed the car with their blue lights on and confronted the driver when they pulled into a driveway off Garrett Rd.
There are two very different accounts of what happened after that.
The father of the victim, Bruce Burroughs, says his son got out of the car with his hands up and did everything the deputies told him to do before the shooting.
"He is good-natured. He had a temper but he is good-natured," said Burroughs. "I guess we all have tempers. But everybody loved him."
However, investigators have a much different story.
The SBI said that there was a struggle before the man was shot and killed.
Scott Williams, an agent with the SBI, says the man actually assaulted one of the deputies.
Williams says that deputy tried multiple times to get the man to stop assaulting him but was forced to use his gun as a last resort.
"I don't know what I'll do without him," said Burroughs. "I buried my oldest boy two years ago and I never expected to have to bury my other boy."
They also say the Burroughs' dog went after the deputies so they had to shoot it as well.
"I would just like a good answer," said Burroughs.
Williams says the man's wife and two children were at the scene when the shooting happened.
"The biggest question is why? What about the children? They're going to grow up without their daddy," said Burroughs. "It's going to be hard!"
The SBI is investigating to see if the officer's use of force was justified.
Neither of the deputies names are being released at this time.
The SBI and the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office are going to present this case to the District Attorney.
Meanwhile, the two deputies involved are on administrative duty, which is a standard procedure during an investigation like this.
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