Home invasion suspect shot, killed at Durham apartment complex
Posted September 17, 2015
Updated September 18, 2015
Durham, N.C. — An intruder was shot and killed early Thursday during an apparent home invasion at a Durham apartment complex, police said.
Officers responded to a reported burglary at Duke Manor apartments, in 300 block of LaSalle Street, at about 1:30 a.m. and found Antonio Lamont Elliott Jr., 18, of Durham, dead inside an apartment.
A person who called 911 reported that Elliot broke in through the door and hit someone inside on the head. Another occupant in the apartment pulled out a handgun and pointed it at Elliot, who tried to take it away. The gun went off during the struggle over it, the 911 caller said.
Duke Manor residents were alarmed by the shooting, but they said they would have likely acted in the same way.
"If you're going to do bad, ain't nothing good going to come out of it," said one man, who declined to give his name. "Not to say that's good, but you have to defend yourself and defend what's yours if somebody is trying to take it."
In August, a security guard at the complex was shot multiple times while attempting to interrupt a burglary. The guard survived, and no arrests have been made in that case.
Police said the two shootings aren't related.
"We already have so much security around after the security guard was shot, yet there's still going to be more crime and more invading," said Juan Ramirez, who lives across the street from Duke Manor.
"Duke Manor is not the place for me to raise my kid. I know that," said Vakaria Wells, who moved into her sister's apartment a week ago with her 2-year-old daughter. "When I come back here on my own, it won’t be a place that I look at."