Deputy Fired, Charged After Leading Vigilante Group To Wrong Address

Sandy Malone

New Hanover County Deputy Jordan Kite was fired after he led a group of vigilantes to the home of a black teenage boy.

Rocky Point, NC – A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy was fired after he led a group of armed vigilantes to a home in search of a missing girl.

The incident began at about 10 p.m. on May 3 when New Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputy Jordan Kita arrived at the front door of the Shepherd family in the Avendale neighborhood, Port City Daily reported.

Laney High School senior Dameon Shepherd said he answered the door to find Deputy Kita, in his uniform, flanked by two men holding a shotgun and an AR-15.

Shepherd said there were about 15 more people behind the deputy, and all of them were white, Port City Daily reported.

The group tried to force their way inside the home.

They were searching for missing 15-year-old Lekayda Kempisty, but it turned out they had the wrong address.

The home they were looking for was next door to the Shepherds’ house, and the girl wasn’t there either, FOX News reported.

Shepherd’s attorney, James W. Lea, said there was a big sign in the Shepherd’s front yard that congratulated the graduating Laney High School senior, FOX News reported.

It was that sign that finally helped the men outside Shepherd’s home understand they were not at the home of the Topsail High School student named “Josiah” whom they were looking for in connection with Kempisty’s disappearance.

Kempisty was later found alive elsewhere, FOX News reported.

Shepherd’s attorney said he was preparing to file a lawsuit on behalf of the family.

Lea has complained that Pender County sheriff’s deputies took down no names and made no arrests despite the fact that the throng of people who had just left the Shepherds’ house came back to the scene when they saw the police car arrive, according to Port City Daily.

“During this period of time, the deputies made no arrests, took no names of the individual who were at the Shepard residence, and apparently conducted no investigation,” the attorney said.

Lea, who was New Hanover Democratic Party chairman in the 1980s and 1990s told Port City Daily that what happened to Dameon Shepherd was one of the worst cases of racial profiling that he’d ever seen in the area.

“I don’t think in my 40 years of living here in New Hanover County I’ve ever seen anything like this,” he said. “We are so lucky that nobody got shot or killed. To arrive on somebody’s doorstep in 2020, with a gang of people, guns — I don’t know what a police officer was doing out here … It’s just such a bad case of racial profiling and discrimination, along with just outrageous behavior. And we can’t tolerate it in 2020, or in any time.”

The attorney said he was looking for accountability, Port City Daily reported.

“We can’t have vigilante groups just wandering around our county, intimidating people with guns,” Lea said. “Nor can we have our police officers in a role that they shouldn’t be in joining this group.

Pender County Sheriff Alan Cutler defended his deputies decision not to make any arrests that night posse showed up on the Shepherds’ from porch, the Star News reported.

“We took a little more time to make sure we made an informed decision,” Sheriff Cutler said.

Deputy Kita, who worked at the New Hanover County Detention Center, was fired after the incident in Pender County.

New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said former Deputy Kita had gone to Shepherd’s home “while armed and in uniform in a county where he was not dully sworn in and in furtherance of personal — not law enforcement — purposes,” FOX News reported.

The former deputy has been charged with trespassing and breaking and entering.

Another man who part of the vigilante group was charged with “going armed to the terror of the public,” FOX News reported.

No court date has yet been set for either man, the Star News reported.

Comments (33)
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Marxest
Marxest

Armed white mob of vile white men goes to home of black teen under the pretense of "looking" for a missing teenage girl. Stop me if you've heard this before! The leader of this belligerent group of armed white and potentially murderous thugs was an overzealous off duty deputy who demanded to illegally enter the home and detain the occupants at gunpoint. The white mob making a point to harass young teenager Dameon Shepherd for being present and a young black male at the wrong time. I'm sure that former Deputy Kita and his evil white posse would found some reason to execute the black folk in there own home for any little reason, despite the missing person not being there. Firing former Deputy Kita was the first step in the right direction, the next step is to convict and imprison him as the ringleader of an armed white lynch mob that was threatening and terrorizing an innocent black family. Of course the other armed whites who trespassed and threatened the family were allowed to go free and continue to do their evil work else where. A tornado of fire needs to sweep through the white community of New Hanover County.

JBoH
JBoH

This guy is too stupid to be a deputy...he wasn't even in his own county. This type action gives all of us a bad name...good riddance.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Another frivolous lawsuit- yes, the deputy was wrong but I’d bet if you asked parents of every missing child if they’d like to have this cop and his cohorts out looking for their missing child,
they’d all say, “YES”.

h0ghestcomndenom
h0ghestcomndenom

huh. one way to end this kind of nonsense is to shoot first.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The group tried to force their way inside the home.

Elsewhere I had read that the guy outside the door had simply said "I am going to come inside and talk to you," with his foot in the open doorway, and the woman said "no you aren't," and he did not enter.

Here is an example...

“He just said, ‘I’m going to step inside, close the door and talk to you guys.’ And I said, ‘No you’re not,’” Monica Shepard said of Kita. “He had his foot on the threshold of my door, holding the door open and he said it again. He said, ‘I’m going to step inside close the door and I’ll talk to you,’ when I said, ‘No you’re not.’”

The group eventually realized they were at the wrong home and began to break up.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

What a fucking dumbass, I agree to stupid to be a cop, goodbye.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

cop forms an angry gun toting lynch mob. what could possibly go wrong??????
this dumb pig is lucky no one got shot! if someone had.........

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

I am not defending the Deputy but something is missing in this story. Why did a Deputy who works for the New Hanover Detention Center take on a field operation with a gaggle of idiots carrying guns? I'm an old white guy but if this herd of dumbasses showed up at my door at 2200 hours demanding entry in my home, it might not have ended well. What the hell was going on here? Makes no sense.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

He deserved to be fired. He learned today that his actions have consequences. He deserved to be charged. If a jury finds his guilty, then he will continue to learn the lesson that his criminal actions have consequences.

The system works.

BrevardMarc27
BrevardMarc27

They must employ a razor sharp selection process at this agency. Wow. I wonder if he would’ve been retained if it was the correct address?

Raymelson
Raymelson

There's something missing here I don't think were being told the whole story

PapaJon
PapaJon

Since he was not in authorized pursuit, the moment he left New Hanover County he had ZERO authority in this issue. If he had been in civilian clothes he might have been lucky enough to be suspended. Also if he had said they were looking for a missing girl and ASKED to enter before his foot was in the door it's not a crime. I would love to know who whipped up this mob because they put lives at risk. More charges should be filed against that person.

bryantrent
bryantrent

What the hell


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