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Lake Waccamaw store owner cleared in shooting


COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Lake Waccamaw store owner will not face charges after shooting a robber in January.

District Attorney Jon David said the January 11 shooting death of Tevin Bowen at the Waccamaw Outdoor Supply Store was a justified use of deadly force. Investigators say Bowen entered the store wearing a bandana on his face, carried a small sledgehammer and threatened people inside.

David said the store owner made a "reasonable attempt to scare" Bowen by firing shots into the ceiling before shooting Bowen.

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I doubt a grand jury...

would have returned a true bill and indicted him. Had that happened, I cannot believe any jury would have convicted.

the real tragedy here is

the real tragedy here is that a perfectly good roof was ruined.


Award him the Honor Of The Long Leaf Pine, more deserving than most who get it.

Why were any charges even

Why were any charges even considered? Why were warning shots necessary? The guy had a sledge hammer, even a small one could easily kill someone. He had to be stopped. Great work Mr. Store owner.

New Law

The new Castle Doctrine Law in NC says a person does not have to warn or scare a person who is trying to do them harm at home, work, or in their house. When this fool raised the hammer in an attempt to rob the store he was fair game for the use of deadly force. You do not have to give warning or try to get away like you did in the past. You can now stand your ground. The DA could not have charged the store clerk even if he had wanted to the law is clear, you do not have to run away any more, so crooks and idiots should beware!!!!

The Castle Doctrine also

The Castle Doctrine also includes your vehicle, and you no longer have the obligation to retreat from an attacker as long as you have the legal right to be where you are.


The owner should be rewarded for taking out the trash. You don't have to make "reasonable attempt to scare" an intruder in your home, vehicle or work place. Make your warning shots hit center mass. If the intruder needs another warning, center mass again.

Be respectful

It is one thibg to comment on this incident that occurred. It is another thing to refer to someone's deceased child as "trash" or "fool". Would you be so heartless if one of your family members, siblings or child made a bad decision? This young man suffered from an illness and grew up in a good family and was surrounded by a father, mother and siblings. He unfortunately made a bad decision that day. How many bad decisions have you who posted made? Yet you are so quick to make these heartless comments. Have some respect for those who are in mourning.

Very well said, Concerned

Very well said, Concerned Reader. There are some who take perverse pleasure in pouring salt into the wounds of survivors and loved ones. It it good to see someone stand up against the heartless callousness of some posters on this board.

Totally agree!

And if I am ever passing through I will make it a point to stop and buy something.... whether I need it or not!