NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The man shot and killed last night at a home on Mohawk Trail has been identified as 35 year-old Daniel Thomas Hauser.
According to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the deadly shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. at a home in the 200 block of Mohawk Trail.
Investigators say the home owner, 50-year-old Andrew Thompson, told them he was home when he heard his back door get kicked in and a man then entered his home.
Thompson told investigators he grabbed his gun and shot the intruder once. According to a 911 call, the caller identifies himself as the shooter.
“I had an intruder in my house, they broke in,” the caller said.
“I was asleep in bed and I heard some glass break downstairs. I got out of the bed and then someone came up the steps and turned the hall light on and as soon as I saw the hall light come on, I just shot and I killed him, I’m afraid. And it’s somebody I know, but I don’t know what he was up to or why he was breaking into my house, but it’s not good.”
“Do you think he is beyond help?” dispatcher asked.
“I think so, yeah,” the caller said. “I shot him with a pistol that shoots shotgun shells, called a Judge, that’s what I shot him with. I didn’t have any idea that that would be happening,” the caller said.
He told the dispatcher that he called a friend who is a deputy with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, but told him to immediately call 911.
“I don’t know what he broke to get in but he broke something downstairs and came in my house, but I’d have to step over him to get downstairs so it might be best if they [police] just came in the same way he did,” the caller said.
The dispatcher tells the caller to stay on the phone until help got there. The caller then asks if police could come quietly because he didn’t want to alarm neighbors.
Hauser died of his injuries.
According to the online report, Hauser is the victim of first degree murder. The sheriff’s office says they have not arrested anyone for murder, but this is an ongoing investigation.