Man fires shot at robbery suspect

NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- A New Hanover County man who tried to help his neighbors after they were attacked by a masked man almost got into trouble with the law himself. According to the 911 call, the man heard his neighbors being attacked, ran outside with a rifle and fired a shot at the suspect. As deputies arrived on scene, the 911 dispatcher wanted to make sure officers didn't confuse the neighbor for the robber. The 911 operator said, "Tell your husband he needs to secure the weapon, meaning, he needs to put it on the kitchen table and he needs to stand at the front door with you with his hands up in the air so when the officers get there so they know he is not a threat." Investigators don't think the neighbor shot the suspect. The suspect is described as a black male between 20 and 30 years old, about five-foot-ten to six feet tall, wearing a brown shirt and camouflaged pants. Investigators say around 10:15 Monday night a masked man broke into a house on Seaview Road off Myrtle Grove Road and attacked the two women who live there with a stun gun. One of the women regained her composure and was able to run to a neighbor for help. If you have any information on this case please call the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office at 798-4260. Detectives say in cases like this it's really not a good idea to shoot at the suspect, for one because you don't know what kind of weapon they may have, also, if you do end up shooting the person and the suspect was not personally attacking you or threatening you, it's possible that you could be criminally charged.

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it was SHOTGUN, NOT A RIFLE. and it had bird shot in it!
Kudos for using a shotgun, but why would anyone think that birdshot is an effective anti-personnel round? If the suspect was fleeing, the neighbor had no justification for firing. (That's according to state law - if it was up to me, blast away!) If he ever finds himself in another situation wherein he needs to use that shotgun against some dirtbag, tell him to spring for a box of #4 buckshot.
I agree if you are going to shot at a burglar why not put some buckshot in him!I gurantee he will not rob someone again,he be going to the doctor every day to have him pick pellets out his rear!!
Actually, bird shot in a shotgun makes for a great home defense round. At close range (0-20 feet)it will pretty much cut someone in half, will not over penetrate a wall into another room and transfers nearly every ounce of energy into what you are shooting at. Most likely there will be massive blood loss to deal with after the fact. Not much chance for survival if it is a center mass hit. But bird shot does not improve you aim or in this case the man's blindness.
..is to STOP an attack immediately, not to inflict a fatal injury that will kill the assailant at some indeterminate time after you engage. In that light, I'm sure that a load of high-brass six shot would shred a person's stomach and intestines an definitely cause their death. One British Army officer, describing the effests of shotgun wounds inflicted during WW I described them as "bloody ratholes." But you want to stop the attack immediately, and there are only two ways to do that: Destruction of a critically vital organ (there are only two, the brain and heart), or causing a sufficient drop in blood pressure through immediate, catastophic blood loss (aorta, the pulmonary/coronary arteries, carotid artery, etc.) With the exception of the carotid artery and jugular vein, none of the other targets mentioned will be reached by birdshot. (God designed us so that the most critical systems are the most protected by skulls, ribs, etc.) It simply doesn't have the needed mass to penetrate deeply enough. So if you aim at center mass or even an assailant's face, you will likely kill him, but you may not stop him immediately. (A wild shot from a guy you just blinded can kill you just as dead as one he aimed.) I recommend a 100% reliable, short barreled shotgun (pump or automatic) loaded with alternating loads of slug and #4 buckshot. If you're in a location where you have to worry about over-penetration or shoot-throughs, I'd recommend a short carbine in 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45ACP, loaded with lightweight hollowpoints or one of the several rounds designed specifically to preclude over-penetration. Of course, it's all about what weapon/ammo you know best - I have both shotgun and carbine available, but know that if I have to confront a burglar in my home, his greatest fear will be the .45 ACP 230 gr +P hollowpoints that will DEFINITELY penetrate to destroy a vital organ.
What TV show did you get that idea from that birdshot was a good home defense round? If it's a bird or maybe a rabid squirrel that is attacking, yea, it's a good round. You wouldn't get any deep penetration and would only maim someone that you will have to support after he sues you. If you have to use lethal force to save yours or someone else's life, USE LETHAL FORCE.
You reveal exactly how much you do not know about what works in a real world situation. You need to go out and do some experimenting before you try and rely on your misguided theories about the subject at hand. Get out there and see what works. In cases like yours, ignorance is perhaps more dangerous than the threat.
...but twenty-two years of "real world situations" was enough. I love the pension paying the mortgage, though! So you stick with your birdshot and I'll stick with what I KNOW works. I'll just remain ignorant.....along with every law enforcement agency that I've ever had any dealings with.
With 20 years in the U.S. Army(Grenada, El Salvador, Panama and Desert Storm) and 12 years in Law Enforcement after that, I think I have been out there and have seen what really works in the real world.
...if Sean Taylor had a gun instead of a knife that he just may still be alive? The anti-gun crowd would rather you dial 911 instead of protecting yourself or your neighbors.
It is good to hear (on the news)of a neighbor that actually came to the rescue of someone in trouble. I personally feel that more would do the same if it were not for the threat of getting themselves into trouble with the law. We are not talking about a vigilante, but a concerned citizen that did what many of us would do if put in the same situation. Too many people "look the other way" and the gentelman should be praised, not made to look like he should or could have been punished!! I hope I can help someone some day too if I am able and not turn my head and cover my ears. And you anti-gun people? Think about it, if everyone was armed as it states we have the right to in our Constitution, it would make the criminals think twice before committing the crimes- weeding out the bad seeds. Eventually, there would be order and law in our communities.
It is good to hear (on the news)of a neighbor that actually came to the rescue of someone in trouble. I personally feel that more would do the same if it were not for the threat of getting themselves into trouble with the law. We are not talking about a vigilante, but a concerned citizen that did what many of us would do if put in the same situation. Too many people "look the other way" and the gentelman should be praised, not made to look like he should or could have been punished!! I hope I can help someone some day too if I am able and not turn my head and cover my ears. And you anti-gun people? Think about it, if everyone was armed as it states we have the right to in our Constitution, it would make the criminals think twice before committing the crimes- weeding out the bad seeds. Eventually, there would be order and law in our communities.
I'd be glad to be charged and stand trial for protecting and(or) defending someone I know that is being done harm by an attacker. This detective worded this statement poorly or the reporter took the info out of context. So what was eally the case?
Good for him! Maybe someone should give the man a "Scope" for his gun to get better aim next time. I hope the guy was shot and is bleeding somewhere. I don't think he will return to that house anytime soon. Kudo's to the neighbor!
Well Christmas is coming..He might get his "Scope" then LOL
Here come all the anti-gun people. You want to commit a crime, rob and assault someone? Don't be surprised when you get shot. nuff said.
THANK GOD FOR GOOD NEIGHBORS!!!!! MAYBE WE SHOULDN'T TAKE THE LAW INTO OUR OWN HANDS, BUT SOMEONE NEEDS TO GET RID OF THE LOSERS WHO HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO BUT TERRORIZE US DECENT PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR WHAT WE HAVE. I AM SURE HE WONT BE CAUGHT AND IF HE IS HE WONT DO MUCH TIME IF ANY AT ALL. SHOOTEM' GET THEM OFF OUR STREETS.
NC General Statute 15A-401(d)(2) allows for the use of deadly force in the to protect your own life or that of a third party from what you reasonably assume to be the imminent use of deadly force.
Are they trying to say that if you see some one who is need of help in a situation like this you are to just sit back and watch them get hurt or worse, killed? And if you do something to try help one another you will be charged for a crime. I didn't know it was a crime to help someone. That is a bunch of bull!!!! The police should reward the person who shot at the robber.
if i'm not mistaken, sounds like the sheriff's department has two sets of standards. don't remember corporal long being criminally charged when he shot peyton strickland in the head. he was not personally attacking corporal long, just going to the door because the sheriffs dept. knocked on it. quote me if i'm wrong but providing the neighbor who shot at the suspect in this breakin would have hit him it would have been a lot more justified than long shooting strickland. TWO SETS OF STANDARDS, like i said. the sheriff's department reminds me of the days when we played sandlot football....you just make up the rules as you play!
Too bad he missed the SOB. And sure, worry about charging the innocent with assult charges. If we were like other countries, our crime rate would be lower, but due to the fact that we have so many liberalists in this country, we cannot even defend ourselves.
Good job by the neighbor!!! Maybe this worthless criminal will think twice next time he tries to assault someone. As for the police do you job a little better and maybe civilians won’t have to shoot the bad guys for you.
I think it's great this man took the law into his own hands. Personally I think if more people would protect themselves and their neighbors from freaks like these that rob, rape, and kill the world would be a much safer place. So my hat off to the man that stepped up to help his neighbors.
The neighbor did a great job!
too bad he missed......
From the article: "...if you do end up shooting the person and the suspect was not personally attacking you or threatening you, it's possible that you could be criminally charged." Unless, of course, you yourself are a NHC Deputy, then you can shoot an unarmed man through the door without repercussions. Heck, the Sheriff himself might even give you some cash.
Geez.... get over it already. I am so tired of listening to you people whine and cry about this.
The law allows a citizen to defend a third party from an attack, and through experience, training and knowledge, a stun gun is a deadly weapon because it can incapacitate a person to the point where the assailant can do whatever they want, so it is actually a shame the suspect was not hit by the person that came to the rescue!!!!!
Why can't a regular citizen shoot a thug that has broken into a home? These punks have more rights than the law abiding people do. I'll tell you, break into my home, try to carjack me or any other criminal activity and you will find yourself looking at either a .9mm, .40 or .45 (depends on what I feel like carrying that day) and it won't end up good for you.
Gee Guesty most burglars don't break into homes that sit on wheels, so you can probably sell 2 of those guns for sure.