Trooper Named in Officer-Involved Shooting


The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has identified the trooper involved in the Sunday, March 27th fatal shooting that occurred at Club Aries located near the intersection of Suttontown Road and Poole Road in Lenoir County.

He has been identified as William A. Hardison, 29 years of age. Hardison is a six-year veteran assigned to the Troop A District 7 Kinston Highway Patrol office located in Lenoir County. He has been placed on Administrative Duty pending an internal investigation, which is standard operating procedure in all trooper-involved shootings. The State Bureau of Investigation is the lead investigating agency in the officer involved shooting.  All media inquiries into the investigation of the officer-involved shooting should be directed to the State Bureau of Investigation, Special Agent Shannon O’Toole, at 919-582-8511 or

All media inquiries involving the shooting incident at Club Aries should be directed to Major Ryan Dawson of the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office at 252-560-2584 or

All media inquiries into this matter should be addressed to Lieutenant Jeff Gordon, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Public Information Officer at 919-306-7058 or