LILLINGTON, NC (WTVD) -- Federal investigators are getting involved after a grand jury declined last month to indict a deputy in the shooting death of John Livingston II last November.
In a statement, an FBI spokesperson said: "The Charlotte FBI Field Office, Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina have opened an investigation to determine if any violations of federal law occurred surrounding the death of John Livingston II. As this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time."
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Livingston was shot on his West Everett Drive front porch during a fight with two Harnett County deputies who were reportedly looking for another man who had previously resided in the home.
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When Livingston told the deputies the man did not live there, and they could not come in the home without a search warrant, authorities kicked in the front door and the fight ensued.
A Harnett County grand jury heard the case in April and declined to indict Deputy Nicholas Kehagias. He could have faced second-degree murder charges.
Livingston's family said after that hearing that they are not giving up on getting justice for his death.
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FBI opens investigation into death of man shot by Harnett County deputies