‘I just used lethal force on an intruder’: 911 caller after Marine shot

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We are getting a listen to the 911 calls made the night a Marine was killed in downtown Wilmington over the weekend.

Two calls were made to New Hanover County dispatch when Edwin Estrada was fatally shot on North Front Street. One of those was in fact the person who claims to have shot him.

“Is someone hurt?” asked the 911 operator.

“Yes, someone is dead,” caller said.

That was one call came into 911 early Sunday morning after 27-year-old Edwin Strada was shot and killed in the 200 block of North Front Street, but that wasn’t the only call.

A woman who was staying at the Hilton also called and described what she heard.

“It was literally pow, space, pow in that sequence,” the unidentified woman said.

The first caller was the man who says he pulled the trigger.

“So who else is there? It’s the person and who else?” dispatch asked.

“It’s just me, it’s two people, me and um the guy that I shot,” caller replied.

“Oh it’s the guy you shot oh okay,” dispatch said.

Dispatch records say one person was detained at the scene but no charges have been filed.

The caller’s first few words may explain why.

“I just used lethal force on an intruder of my business,” caller said.

The man claims Estrada was trying to enter his business.

Wilmington Police have not released any new information only saying a person of interest has been identified in the shooting.

The Marine Corps confirm Estrada was from Los Angeles. He joined the Marines in 2014 and was a helicopter mechanic.

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