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Police ID man killed in officer-involved shooting in Salisbury

(Ben Williamson | WBTV) (Ben Williamson | WBTV)
Ferguson Laurent Jr. (Source: Family) Ferguson Laurent Jr. (Source: Family)
Officer KH Boehm (photo provided by City of Salisbury) Officer KH Boehm (photo provided by City of Salisbury)

Police have identified a man killed in an officer involved shooting that happened in Salisbury Thursday morning.

According to police, officers went to a home along the 600-block of E. Lafayette Street in Salisbury around 9:25 a.m. to serve a "no-knock" search warrant. The officers were part of the Special Response Unit and were not wearing body cameras. The warrant was the result of three month-long investigation.

"Because of the danger that was present, we used the Special Response Team who are specially trained in making entry into a home when people are armed," said Police Chief Jerry Stokes.

The deceased man was identified as 22-year-old Ferguson Laurent Jr.

“I ran all the way up here. I ran non-stop all the way here,” said Mya Miller. “I came up here and they did not tell me anything, and then I heard he passed away.”

Miller told WBTV she was Laurent's sister, we later found out they were close family friends and not actually related.

"The warrant was to search for narcotics, weapons and stolen property," Salisbury police said. "The Special Response Team was used to serve the warrant because the suspects in the home were known to be armed."

When officers entered the home, they said Laurent fired at least one shot at them and that one officer returned fire. Laurent was rushed to the hospital, but died from his injuries. No officers were hurt in the incident.

Police identified the officer involved in the shooting as K. Boehm. Officials said Boehm has been with the department since 2008 and was involved in a fatal shooting in 2010. The SBI investigated that incident and found it to be justified. He has one suspension for a driving infraction.

"We will be as transparent about this as we can. We will release as much information as it becomes available," said Chief Stokes.

Due to the circumstances of the incident, the SBI is leading the investigation into the shooting.

“Shock, fear, confusion. Salisbury is just so small. It is different when you know someone, when this person has been to your house," said one of the bystanders near the scene.

Crowds gathered Thursday but they all remained peaceful.

“He is a good person, and he has a lot of friends and he is a good person. I just do not understand why they would do anything like that,” said Miller.

Chief Stokes said the department is being vigilant and watching for any potential unrest.

"If anyone would like to protest, that is absolutely their First Amendment right. If you start becoming violent and damage property, then that is the problem," the chief said. "Unfortunately, it's a difficult situation and we are going to work our way through it with the help of the community, with working with the community. One of those is that we are going to be as transparent about this as we can."

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