December 4, 2006 - The PlayStation 3's launch on November 17 was marked by long waits, crowded lines, and a few injuries. Now the new system has claimed its first life. Last Friday, police in North Carolina shot and killed a teenager who was accused of stealing two PS3s.
The shooting occurred at the home of suspect Peyton Strickland, 18, which he shared with three roommates. Police had been sent to the home to arrest Strickland, but according to New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey, the teenager refused to open the door and officers had to break it down.
One of Strickland's roommates said the shooting victim was about to open the door when police broke it down, and that he was unarmed but holding a PlayStation 3 controller at the time. Strickland's dog, a German shepherd, was also shot and killed.
A University of North Carolina-Wilmington student alleges that Strickland, a Cape Fear Community College student, and another UNC-Wilmington attendee attacked him in his apartment after he arrived home from buying two PS3s on launch day. The officers sent to arrest Strickland were members of a special unit helping university officers serve warrants. Sheriff Causey did not specify why the special unit was helping with this particular arrest. Three deputies from the special unit have been placed on paid leave and the State Bureau of Investigation is examining the case.
The second man named in the arrest warrant was arrested at a different address and released on bail Saturday.
Thanks to IGN.com for sharing the news with us!