Man shot, killed after breaking into Chadbourn home

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Submitted: Thu, 01/12/2012 - 9:59pm
Updated: Fri, 01/13/2012 - 3:30pm

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.


  • Guest857 says:

    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

  • alexis says:

    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

  • .45causetheydon'tmakea.46 says:

    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.

    It looks like it doesn’t end well for the crooks.

    And please, don’t call me a racist out of control gun fanatic.

    I believe in self defense for all citizens.

    We have seen in the last decade, prison doesn’t rehabilitate anyone.

    Then, there are the lawyers. They have never seen anyone who just needs to plead guilty. Not when an open ended court calendar and years of taxpayer appeals can be had.

    But you really can’t blame them, how many of us would like to write our own paychecks.

    In closing, citizens seem to be tired of being victims, giving up money or cars, and still getting killed. And judging from recent events, no one is spraying lead into the daycare next door. So ask yourself, can I defend myself, and how do i get training and a carry permit.

    And to the crooks and home invasion crew, get some life insurance.

  • GrizzlyRN says:

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

  • oatka says:

    Not often realized is that this shooting has a long term effect on future crime as well. A fact that liberals try to suppress is that crimes are committed by criminals, not guns, and not poor people.

    Criminals have the attitude that what’s yours is theirs, and if you get in their way they can do whatever they want to you for interfering. Most criminals start at an early age and continue their chosen profession whenever they’re not in prison – they are usually not rehabilitated and instead learn new tricks. Killing one early on probably eliminates a hundred or more future crimes and quite possibly a few lives as well.

  • Guest26 says:

    everybody has something negative to say a mother lost there child if it was yall and 1 of your kids did this and your family get up here and see all this hurtful stuff being said about your love 1 it would really hurt show some respect for the family

  • 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.
    As for me, I have worked for over 40 years for what I have and no low life crack head is going to get it without a fight, and the fight will be with my Glock.
    Why is it that every time one of these low lifes get what they have coming, all of a sudden they are nothing but a super good person who made a simple mistake and it was wrong to shoot them.
    Ask yourself how many murders HAVEN’T happen because the killer didn’t want to break a “gun law”.
    Every law that keeps honest people from having a gun is nothing but a law to help the low lifes.
    The state and the court system can’t stop the increase in the crack heads and low lifes stealing every thing not nailed down, and some things that are, so finally we, the hard working honest people, have had enough and are fighting back.
    Maybe if about a couple of hundred of these thiefs get killed, then maybe we can go back to the good old days when doors weren’t locked at night and you didn’t have to worry.
    The only thing missing now is a state law that pays the shooter for saving the state a lot of money, lets see if the thief is caught, we have to feed them, free medical care, free meals, free lawyers, etc. so to make things right lets say:
    shoot one and they live you get $100.00 tax credit.
    shoot one and they push up daisies you get $2500.00 tax credit
    this will make the state budget better off and make everone learn to shot better, hell a good shooter could make 20 grand a year.

  • Love says:

    Let’s have love for the kids family!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    If someone kicks in my door I should hesitate to defend myself because of the burglar’s family?

    Better that I die….that my family deals with my death?

    SUUUUUURE sweety! THAT makes sense!

    BTW, a lot of innocent people have already died in Columbus County – they didn’t have a firearm handy.

  • GuestGfcghh says:

    What you all fail to see is not once did I SAY that the home owner was wrong. You should defend on your life n those of ur family. I was simply voicing an opinion on the recent events in Columbus county… 2 criminals have been killed, regardless if right or wrong, the shooters, “their” families, and the criminals will have to deal with the fallout. “There” seems to be a lot of violence and insanity in that county. I am waiting on the day when an innocent life is taken.

    The criminals are going to shoot 1st now; it’s going to be like the ok corral. I don’t want that kind of existence.

    Oh and by the way, the 1st responder: that spread your legs comment was a little offensive. My post should not have elicited that strong of a response

  • Love says:

    You have no life !!

  • Guesty Fan says:

    I believe a certain LPD officer’s wife has put a target on your back. “Infrequently” – ha!

  • guesty says:

    Please give up your insight on your claim.

  • guesty says:

    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.

  • Guest02020202 says:

    its called “cause and affect” for every action there is a reaction….defend yourself

  • jeremy says:

    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

  • Helixx says:

    Criminals are proving more and more everyday that they are going to kill you after you give them what they want. If they walk into a store with a gun or kick a door in then they are foregoing their “due process”. Remember – THEY MADE THE CHOICE to violate someone else’s rights.

    The state’s Castle Doctrine was just strengthened because we as citizens have a RIGHT to life and there is no guarantee that these scum are going to honor that right. If you come into my home uninvited for all I know you are there to kill me and I will act accordingly.

    Why should we let them have what they want and give them the chance? They aren’t extending us any courtesies.

    You are clearly naive about how the world works.

  • JeffB says:

    ….and the innocent, victimized, and violated homeowner gets his due process when; before or after he’s murdered?

    Taking the law into our own hands??? The wild west??? Please turn off “Jersey Shore” and educate yourself with respect to the applicable laws governing self-defense, justifiable homicide, and North Carolina’s newly-adopted “Castle Doctrine” BEFORE you comment. You’ll have plenty of time to study while you wait for “the court and penal systems to be overhauled.” You’re absolutely right about one thing; life does mean something and this homeowner prevented his from being feloniously extinguished during the course of a criminal act. I challenge you to redirect your sympathy from the deceased criminal to the victimized homeowner who’ll lie awake all night, every night for the next twelve months reliving this nightmare all the while hoping to avoid retaliation by the criminal’s family members and fellow travelers. You are incredibly misinformed, and I’m hoping you are teenager not yet eligible to vote or occupy a seat on a jury.

  • Guest461 says:

    …and believe in the second “admendent”? You can’t even spell it and surely don’t know what it reads. The second ammendment is about the right to bear arms to defend yourself and your country, not to hunt. Geeez…

    Besides Einstein, this isn’t about Columbus county or the wild west, It’s about Americans being sick and tired of armed robbers terrorizing them to take body, property and soul at their whim. We’re shooting back now. It’s called “Self-Defense”.

    Now, if you want to just roll over and give criminals your stuff, take a chance on either you and/or your family losing their lives in that process, just put a big sign in your front yard advertising that you do not have the ability to protect yourself or your family and valuable “free-stuff” is waiting inside. That’s very easy and you will surely have Obamas blessing on that.

  • Guest123 says:

    well for one we have to take things into our own hands cause law enforcement cant do their jobs here in columbus county

  • Guest5698444 says:

    Has columbus county turned into the wild west?

    People need to realize that we cannot all start taking the law into our own hands…there will be chaos…not just the bad guys will be shot….my father also told me that a bullet has no conscience….some innocent bystander is going to end up in the cross fire.

    not sure of the solution, but violence begets violence….the court and penal systems need to be overhauled….but people in general need some morals….you work hard to get what you want, you dont steal…

    I grew up in a family of hunters and believe in the 2nd admendent…but life has to mean something…regardless if the person is a criminal, they need there due process

  • JoeThePimpernel says:

    The crime victim did not “beget” the violence.

    He merely responded.

    How many tears do you shed for people who are not able to defend themselves against thugs like these?


  • guesty says:

    Yes, violence begets violence. This criminal learned it when he violently tried to break into a home. Problem solved. The best part is he won’t ever try to break into another home again.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Criminals need “there” due process, but a store clerk or someone in their home has no right to defend their lives?

    Criminals LOVE your mindset! You’re what they call an easy mark or a laydown.

  • GuestUSMC says:

    You’re right violence begets violence. The bad guy broke in and bit the dust. As for due process..he got it, or at least what was due him.

  • Guest7969 says:

    Really…KEEP YOUR ARSE out of my home if your not invited…if your the’re to steal or harm me…your not going to have long to regret it!!! Wild west? If you want to lay down, spread your legs and be a victim…fine…as for me….I’m not going to be a victim and neither is Smith and Wesson or his lead friends!

  • GuestProcess says:

    Process is you come in my house uninvited, you are due to receive. Some bleach and a mop will clean up the mess and I don’t believe it would happen again.

  • Guest111 says:

    . . and it would seem they are getting their due process. Actually, they wouldn’t get any due process if they went to court sooooo case closed!

  • Guest357sig says:

    The simple truth is the law recognizes our innate right to protect our very lives and property from the lawless. The lawless act was committed by the criminal breaking in, the lawful act was dispacting the criminal to the afterlife.

    Tell me, does a raped woman have the moral superiority over a woman with a dead rapist at her feet and a smoking firearm in her hand?

  • guesty says:

    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.

  • Guestamazed123 says:

    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?

  • noel2323 says:

    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

  • Guest7969 says:

    I hope the guy DIES! Maybe his buddy has learned a lesson!…I hope MORE of this happens to start weeding out the scum bags who think they can take from people…course…the government gives them this mentality…

  • GuestBunnyFooFoo says:

    Just like the last post.. Criminals listen up.. Basic thug math and ratios…
    90% of Americans are armed. that means out of 10 houses you break into, nine of thse houses have people in them waiting to blow your head off and mor than happy to do it.
    Hopefully one day I’ll get my legal chance to do the same

  • Das Weibstück says:

    There are approx. 90 guns PER 100 people. Not the same thing. Our old unloaded shotgun in the closet will do us no good if we have an issue. We have a small child here a few days a week and a loaded gun is not in the picture.

  • Das Weibstück says:

    2 in 2 days ! This is pretty good ! Oh, and HI to the D.A.

  • Missy says:

    What kind of an idiot robs a gun shop???? Wow!

  • Guest111 says:

    They make gun safes that you can lock and put on a shelf in the closet. Children can’t get into the safe and yet, you might be ‘safe’ one night when an intruder decides to check you out.

  • Southern Born says:

    May all that violate my space in an effort to do me harm rest in pieces.

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