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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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2016 years 1 day ago

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

2016 years 1 day 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.

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2016 years 1 day 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

2016 years 1 day ago

The best law we have had come along in years, now we can shoot these low lifes when they try to take what’s NOT theirs and it’s legal.
The thing that gets me is all these crying hearts who think this is wrong, tell you what if you think it is all right for someone to take what you have worked for, and nothing be done about it, then please by all means, load all your stuff up and place it out by the road and then they can have it without anyone getting hurt.
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2016 years 1 day 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

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