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CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County man is dead after being shot during an alleged home break-in. Investigators are trying to figure out if the man was shot by a resident of the home or his own partner in crime.

Around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning residents of this home on North Wilkes Street in Chadbourn say two men forced their way in. They kicked in the door, knocking the frame loose. On the other end a frightened resident who was willing to defend himself.

A roommate, who does not want to be identified, said his friend shot at the intruders as they burst through the door. The buck shot from the 12-gauge shotgun hit one of the two intruders. The resident tells us the men were startled when they saw the gun and heard the blast, running out the door.

The man who was shot, Eddie Best Jr., fell to the ground along the side of the home. The other suspect ran off toward the back. Police confirm Best died at the hospital about an hour later.

According to Chadbourn police, Best did not live to far from the scene of the crime. His home was down the road on South Wilkes Street.

Despite what the residents tell WWAY, the police department initially reported to other media outlets that once the alleged robbers were inside, one of the suspects shot his partner. Chadbourn Police say the confusion about what really happened has led to a lag in the investigation as they continue to piece together the truth and figure out who shot and killed the man.

Police Chief Steven Shaw says the investigation has now shifted focus. He is now calling the incident an apparent first degree burglary, which resulted in self defense.

No arrests have been made. The investigation continues.

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41 Comments on "Man shot, killed after breaking into Chadbourn home"


Guest857
2015 years 9 months ago

Senior has a criminal record a mile long. Junior looks like he wanted to follow his Father’s footsteps. Hey Eddie Best, isn’t it time you woke up? Your son is dead because of your guidance. We have met the enemy and he ourselves

alexis
2015 years 9 months ago

That was my cousin that got shot u dummy I was sad dat he died u should have sympathy his mother is my aunt and she is going through a lot

.45causetheydon'tmakea.46
2015 years 9 months ago

It seems lately people are defending themselves legally, and using common sense to do it.
I haven’t heard of any innocent bystanders getting hurt, to the contrary, excellent “gun control” has been demonstrated by private citizens and clerks.

Police or Deputies can’t be in your driveway 24 hours a day.

It would be interesting to have some stats that prove crime goes down when the public, properly trained and licensed, defend themselves. The stats have been around for a long time, just glossed over with over emotional sensationalism from the national liberal media that thinks your too stupid to take care of yourselves.

It looks like it doesn’t end well for the crooks.

And please, don’t call me a racist out of control gun fanatic.

I believe in self defense for all citizens.

We have seen in the last decade, prison doesn’t rehabilitate anyone.

Then, there are the lawyers. They have never seen anyone who just needs to plead guilty. Not when an open ended court calendar and years of taxpayer appeals can be had.

But you really can’t blame them, how many of us would like to write our own paychecks.

In closing, citizens seem to be tired of being victims, giving up money or cars, and still getting killed. And judging from recent events, no one is spraying lead into the daycare next door. So ask yourself, can I defend myself, and how do i get training and a carry permit.

And to the crooks and home invasion crew, get some life insurance.

GrizzlyRN
2015 years 9 months ago

Good Job to whoever pulled the trigger. He got what he deserved!

oatka
2015 years 9 months ago

Not often realized is that this shooting has a long term effect on future crime as well. A fact that liberals try to suppress is that crimes are committed by criminals, not guns, and not poor people.

Criminals have the attitude that what’s yours is theirs, and if you get in their way they can do whatever they want to you for interfering. Most criminals start at an early age and continue their chosen profession whenever they’re not in prison – they are usually not rehabilitated and instead learn new tricks. Killing one early on probably eliminates a hundred or more future crimes and quite possibly a few lives as well.

 

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