Relatives question why man was shot 5 times at hospital

November 20, 2019 GMT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Relatives of a man who was shot and killed at a North Carolina hospital say they have questions, including why a police officer shot him repeatedly.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that relatives of Treva Smutherman raised their questions publicly at a lawyer’s office Tuesday, the day before a funeral was scheduled for the 31-year-old.

Authorities have said Smutherman tried to take a deputy’s weapon while in the emergency room of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center on Nov. 6. Fayetteville police say the deputy was shot in the ensuing struggle.


Police say a nearby Fayetteville police detective shot and killed Smutherman, who was taken to the hospital for medical treatment. He had been arrested on armed robbery charges.

Attorney Allen Rogers says the family questions why Smutherman was shot five times.


Information from: The Fayetteville Observer,