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Autopsy: Slain burglar shot twice

Posted February 19, 2009
Updated February 20, 2009

— A Fayetteville homeowner shot an intruder twice last month, killing him, according to an autopsy report.

Jerry Riley, 54, of 593 Tokay Drive, said a stranger confronted him as he entered his home on Jan. 17. Riley said he pulled a handgun on the intruder, and the two men then struggled over the gun.

The gun went off, and the intruder took the pistol and ran out of the house, police said.

Officers investigating the burglary found Joshua Caleb Pratt, 27, of 662 Glenola Drive, in the street with a gunshot would to the abdomen. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he died.

Pratt died of the stomach wound, and he also had a gunshot wound in his left shoulder, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday. He also was intoxicated at the time of his death, the report said.

Fayetteville police said Riley was justified in the shooting and wouldn't face criminal charges.


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  • james27613 Feb 20, 2009

    Now the homeowner will need a lawyer,
    no doubt the deceased family will seek
    money from a wrongful death civil suit.

    They will also file against the maker of
    the fireram, it is defective, it caused the death.
    And the ammo maker, for selling deadly ammunition.

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Feb 20, 2009

    Justice served.

    Shouldn't have been in someone's else's home trying to steal.

  • doubletap357 Feb 20, 2009

    Some CT units went to the triple tap with two instinct shots quickly to center of mass to disorient the opponent, followed by a third more precisely aimed shot to the head.

  • doubletap357 Feb 20, 2009

    Double tap was originally two shots in rapid succession to the same area. It was intended to increase the stopping power or trauma effect of pistol rounds. It was taught in some police organizations, CT, and special ops units.

  • icdumbpeople Feb 20, 2009

    This is the CHANGE we need!!

  • stevesmiff Feb 20, 2009

    It's sad to say, but this saved taxpayers tons of money. Our justice system is such a joke. There is no true punishment for the crime. We let people get away with little things, like breaking and entering, shoplifting - because it's not worth the money to prosecute. If we would prosecute the little stuff to the fullest extent of the law, it would deter the bigger crimes. But liberal judges will always be the enemy of law abiding citizens.

  • reality bites Feb 20, 2009

    this is such a great story, wish more criminals would meet people like this so they wont commit more crimes!!!! if you dont put yourself in that position you wouldnt be dead!!!

  • murph Feb 20, 2009

    Dang, he could have saved that extra bullet to the shoulder for the next criminal...

  • Justin T. Feb 20, 2009

    My message to potential robbers... go to a municipality like New York or Chicago where the local laws have disarmed the average citizen.

    Due to the economy and other related issues everyone I know (including me) has stocked up on guns and ammo. Heck, the south is well-armed in general... even when times are good.

    The gun shops can't keep up with the demand for pistols, shotguns, and hunting rifles.

  • Timbo Feb 20, 2009

    I thought "double-tap" meant pop 2 off in rapid succession at the target. The shot to the head is when they are laying on the ground and is meant to finish them off.