Teen Mistaken for Burglar In Own Home Pepper Sprayed By Police

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (WTVD) from towns like Ferguson to our little place in the world.  Race is a heated national topic. Now Fuqay-Varina is part of the contentious conversation.



The parents of a Wake County high school student are outraged that police pepper-sprayed him inside their home after a neighbor mistook him for an intruder.

It happened Monday afternoon on England Avenue in Fuquay-Varina.

Ricky and Stacy Tyler have fostered 18-year-old DeShawn Currie for about a year. The Tylers, their three young children and DeShawn moved to Fuquay-Varina in July. They said while they’re still getting to know their neighbors, it’s hurtful someone would assume DeShawn was a burglar just for going about his normal routine of walking home after school.

“He’s my baby boy just as much as my other three children are,” said Stacy.