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Man shot, killed after breaking into Chadbourn home

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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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i mean people need to other

i mean people need to other people things alone they worked hard for there stuff but like my mama said the devil is around and he just picking his victims and people need to get their life together before its to late

huh?

huh?

Outstanding

Another success story of "Castle Doctrine" and a gun owner. Keep up the good work and maybe the message will get through to criminals. Their chosen profession will lead to either extra holes in their body or preferably a dirt nap.

You are always so right and so very bright!

Each time I visit this website (which is rather infrequently)there are usually numerous posts from you. You are so verrrrrrrrrry knowledgeable in so mannnnnnnnnny areas. Are you eldery or homebound or sick and shut-in?

Thank you

No, but thanks for asking. I'm not elderly but old enough to know right from wrong. Nor am I sick, homebound or a shut-in. I'm educated, well traveled and gainfully employed. I watch the news, read often and try to keep up with emerging technology. Keep coming back because I'm going to keep posting.

Please do

I believe a certain LPD officer's wife has put a target on your back. "Infrequently" - ha!

Do tell

Please give up your insight on your claim.

You said it!!!

You have no life !!

Ha!

Gotta love it!

stay out

If you're a person carrying a weapon & breaking in my house you're ass will be SHOT!!! DEAD, not a leg wound intended to slow you down but a head or heart shot intending to KILL your ASS!!!! For you idiots that think that the criminal dont deserve this , well I hope your children dont ever have someone attempt to harm them, I bet you people would think differently then

shooting

its called "cause and affect" for every action there is a reaction....defend yourself