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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police responded to two separate 911 calls in the 5200 block of Hunters Trail Thursday and Friday. The second call turned out to be deadly.

The first call occurred late Thursday night when police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance. They arrived on scene to find brothers George and Al Dastmalchi arguing.

George Dastmalchi was taken to a Wilmington hospital and treated for what investigators are calling severe intoxication. He later left the hospital under his own power.

Around 12:43 a.m. police responded to a second 911 call at 5210 Hunters Trail. When they arrived, Al Dastmalchi, 65, told them that he had heard someone breaking the glass on his front door. He said he got his handgun and went downstairs to investigate. When he got to the bottom of the steps he could see that the glass in the top of the door was broken.

Al Dasmtalchi told investigators when he opened the front door, he looked to his left and saw someone lunging at him with a spiked object in his hand. He fired one round at close range, hitting the person in the right side of the chest. When he turned on the porch light, he realized the person he shot was his brother George. He immediately called 911. EMS responded and took George to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

While no charges are pending at this time, the Wilmington Police Department says that the case is under investigation.

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18 Comments on "WPD: Man shoots intruder, realizes it’s his brother"

2015 years 10 months ago

By some of the comments made here, this is the proper protocol when you hear glass breaking in the middle of the night: 1) leave your gun where it is; 2) call 911; 3)turn on the light to see who it is; 4)sit back and do nothing while the person attacks you.

If the brother’s intentions were completely innocent, he would have knocked on the door instead of breaking the glass. The shooter was justified in protecting himself.

2015 years 10 months ago

This is suspicious to be…This man lived in a neighborhood where there is little if any crime and why was he so quick to pull out a gun? Did he even bother to ask who was knocking on his door? Breaking the glass out of a door that a person can’t even get in nor can he reach the inside door knob is a bit suspicious…wonder what the real deal is? We may never know, the brother died! Seems to me he acted a bit too quickly now his own brother is dead because of it.

2015 years 10 months ago

Sounds like his brother was trying to either rob or kill him. It is a shame though

2015 years 10 months ago

I knew George personally and last saw him on Christmas day. He could be a nice guy but I know firsthand that when he became intoxicated, he could quickly become unruly/unpredictable to outright violent. There’s much more to the story of what happened that day & night. The events started early that day and apparently George began drinking very early and stirred up trouble at a couple of places he had been that day. The Police were involved before things escalated at the residence. From my understanding, Al wanted George to be taken somewhere to dry out overnight before he could come home because he was concerned that George would become violent while still in a state of intoxication. For whatever reason, that concern went unheeded. From the Police report and evidence, George came back home and began violently breaking glass out of the front of the house(to how great or lesser extent isn’t clear). For all anyone knows, George may have been in a blind rage and intent on harming his brother when he opened the door. If that’s the case, the headline of this story could just as easily have been the opposite of what we’ve read here. I’m also of the understanding that George had been previously involuntarily committed for mental issues. It’s tragic but I believe Al acted in self defense given what is known.

2015 years 10 months ago

You tell em Mason!!!

Mason H
2015 years 10 months ago

George was not trying to rob Al, he was simply very intoxicated and trying to get back in the house, and Al thought he was in the hospital. Al is a good man, as was George, and they lived together there at the house.

2015 years 10 months ago

Well, looks like the “good” guy got the “bad” guy and the NRA would approve!

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 10 months ago

Can you show one single incident where the NRA approved of an innocent individual being shot? Yeah I didn’t think so. I have no issues with you sheeple sitting on the couch hoping like hell no wolf comes for you, but if you don’t mind let the rest of us defend ourselves without listening to you pansies whine.

2015 years 10 months ago

Something a little strange about this one….if someone is breaking into your house you open the door for them??

2015 years 10 months ago

Someone breaking the glass and you don’t call the police first?
Turning on a light – without opening the door? (that’s the whole theory behind motion sensor activated lights) – ever thought of that?

No this nimrod opens the door and shoots

Ready – Shoot – Aim
Another fine example of a smart gun owner (NOT)

Makes me wonder, If he knew it was his brother would he have shot him anyway?


2015 years 10 months ago

Meets all of the elements of protection under castle doctrine shooting. Sad it’s his brother, but this is exactly what every person, especially awakened in the middle of the night by an intruder at their home legally need to do to protect themselves. Turning on lights before shooting only gives the intruder a better advantage of seeing you.

2015 years 10 months ago

statistics are that if you own a gun in your home there is a better then 51% chance that gun will be used on a friend or a family member……

2015 years 10 months ago

And in this case it doesn’t matter because it sounds like one brother was trying to break into the home of the other brother. So family or not, the lesson is don’t break into houses.

2015 years 10 months ago

That must be where you fetched THAT crinkled-up wad of bull$hizzle! Just remember Patti-boy, when your life depends on the next few seconds, the police are only minutes away!

2015 years 10 months ago

People that want to visit me, including relatives usually call me first. When they arrive they ring my doorbell and knock. They don’t break windows or try to kick my doors in. They know what I keep inside, respect that and they know that I will use them.

Innocent people don’t try at access anyones home as this man did. Innocent people don’t attempt stabbing people with pointed objects. A very unfortunate ending to a very bad set of decisions on the intruder…family or not. I feel very bad for the surviving brother and regret what he will feel for the rest of his life. His brother didn’t give him much of a choice and forced the issue.

2015 years 10 months ago

I find this hilarious. I’d love to know if this gun owner was one who spouts off about how safe is family is because he is packing.

2015 years 10 months ago

This is a very tragic event. There’s nothing even remotely funny about the event or the circumstances. So if this is the type of event you find “hilarious”, you have a very sick way of getting your jollies.
Having someone to forcefully break into your home while you’re asleep is tough enough to deal with. To find that you’ve killed your brother in trying to protect your home and family has to be no less than devasatating.
Great job MAJ, you’ve once again shown us what you’re made of…nothing! Go back to your crack pipe!

2015 years 10 months ago

It was his brother at the door…he didn’t have a gun…and where was the threat on his life..?
And yet you still think it was justified to shoot him dead..?
there are accidents like this every single day of the year in this country…if you ask me and i’m sure your not going to…there are way too many trigger happy gun owners out there…just saying….


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