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Homeowner shoots, kills alleged intruder

By Olivia Neeley

Times Staff Writer
Posted 5/23/16

A homeowner shot and killed a man he claims was trying to break into his house early Monday morning. Wilson police responded to the 1900 block of Winoca Road in reference to a burglary in progress shortly after 1 a.m. Monday. When officers arrived, …

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Homeowner shoots, kills alleged intruder

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A homeowner shot and killed a man he claims was trying to break into his house early Monday morning.

Wilson police responded to the 1900 block of Winoca Road in reference to a burglary in progress shortly after 1 a.m. Monday. When officers arrived, they found the alleged intruder suffering from gunshot wounds outside the home, according to police. The homeowner told police he heard someone trying to kick in the door to his house, Sgt. Steve Stroud said.

He warned the person on the other side of the door to stop. When the suspect didn’t stop, the homeowner fired his gun through the door, according to the report.

The suspect was taken to Wilson Medical Center for treatment, but he later died as a result of his injuries, police said.

Wilson police are actively investigating the case. Authorities said they are withholding the names of those involved until further investigation can confirm their identities and officers can notify next of kin.

The homeowner, 71-year-old Paul Morgan, told The Wilson Times Monday that he was in his living room when he heard someone trying to break into his home.

“He got the screen door open and kept kicking the door,” Morgan said.

Morgan said he warned whoever was on the other side of the door.

“Hold it,” he told the suspect. “Hold it.”

But the suspect continued to kick the front door.

“I gave him the benefit of the doubt,” Morgan said. “I was scared he was gonna kill me and my wife.”

Morgan said he hated to have to shoot the man, but he believed it was “either him or me.”

“He could have shot me,” he said. “I’m 71 years old, I’m not going to let anybody hurt me.”

Morgan and his wife have lived at their Winoca Road home for more than a decade. Morgan said his wife, who suffers from a heart condition, was so shaken by the incident that she is now in the hospital.

Morgan said his wife was terrified. He said she also thought she had heard possibly another suspect outside.

North Carolina’s “Stand Your Ground” law passed in 2011 allows lawful occupants of a home, vehicle or workplace to use deadly force against any person “unlawfully and forcefully entering” the premises.

N.C. General Statute 14-51.2(b) states that lawful occupants are “presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or serious bodily harm to another.”

Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Wilson Police Department at 399-2323 or CrimeStoppers at 243-2255.



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