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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- Hundreds gathered outside Rockingham County’s courthouse Friday for a prayer vigil to remember Todd Burroughs, of Stoneville, who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy Sunday morning.

"He was a good man,” said cousin Mara Burroughs. “Everybody knew him as a good, kind-hearted man. Loving father, loving husband, son, brother, everything."

More than 200 people attended the vigil held on a field outside the courthouse.

Many held candles and wore T-shirts with the words “Justice for Todd” written across.

"[He] would give you the shirt off his back,” said friend Lisa Bowden. “If you needed something, Todd was there."

Burroughs, 38 and a father of five, was shot and killed in his driveway in Stoneville around 2 a.m. Sunday.

His dog was also shot.

Family members say Burroughs' wife and two of his children were in the truck.

"I can't imagine what they're going through to see that happen right in front of them," Mara said.

Investigators with the State Bureau of Investigation say deputies were conducting a routine patrol when they spotted a vehicle parked behind a local business.

When the vehicle began to drive away, authorities say the deputies tried to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle did not stop.

Deputies had their blue lights and siren on lights for several miles, according to investigators.

But officials say Burroughs kept going, eventually pulling into his driveway.

After a struggle and confrontation, investigators say a deputy shot Burroughs.

"It's heartbreaking,” Mara said. “It is. He did not deserve what he got."

"It was a blatant case of overuse of force,” said friend David Spear. “Absolutely. There's no question about it. You just don't kill people."

The SBI won't release the names of the deputies involved until they finish interviewing officers.

If investigators know why the confrontation happened, they aren't saying.

But they have dealt with Burroughs in the past.

Court documents show that since 2003, Burroughs had been arrested three times for assault on a female.

In 2015, he was arrested for assault and battery.

Each of the cases were later dismissed.

Burroughs had a court hearing scheduled for July 7 on a charge of domestic assault.

The SBI expects to have the results of Burroughs' autopsy in approximately three months.

This week a judge ruled that body camera video will not be publicly released.

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