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Clayton man charged with firing at neighbor

Posted November 16, 2011

— A Clayton man fired a gun at his neighbor and tried to flee in a taxi Tuesday evening, police said.

Tracy House, 33, told police that he heard a disturbance in the backyard of his Durham Street house around 7 p.m. When House went outside, a man – identified by police as Michael Anthony Ingrassia, 44, of 305 Durham St. – darted out of the bushes.

House chased the man into the 10000 block of Business 70 until he pulled out a handgun and fired several times toward House, police said. No one was injured.

State troopers getting out of their patrol car at a local restaurant heard the gunshots and saw Ingrassia getting into a taxicab, police said.

Troopers stopped the cab at Business 70 and South Barbour Street and arrested Ingrassia. Police said they found a .357-caliber handgun in the cab.

Ingrassia was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also served with an outstanding 2006 warrant from Wake County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

He was placed in the Johnston County jail under an $80,500 secured bond.

Ingrassia was convicted of assault on a female and resisting an officer in Wake County in 2007, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • Rebelyell55 Nov 16, 2011

    Well it had a good ending anyway.

  • Wags Nov 16, 2011

    Good job to Mr House and the Clayton PD. that's one less person that can come into my back yard with a 357. To bad the PD didn't have to use their nightstick.

  • Ashen-Shugar Nov 16, 2011

    "Hmmm why is it ok to shoot in some areas of JC, but not others?"

    It is ok to shoot in the county as long as you do it responsibly and not put anyone else in danger. Up until recently you could shoot in the county however you wanted to, and unless the bullet hit you there was nothing a Deputy could do.

    I got that changed.

    "That location is within the city limits and is not out in the "boonies", where people can fire guns on private land."

    You still have to shoot responsibly in JoCo, new Ordinances make it illegal to shoot in a careless manner, or while drinking, or in a manner that places others at potential risk from ricochet or stray bullet.

  • WooHoo2You Nov 16, 2011

    Maybe this guy felt threatened by his neighbor and felt he had to defend himself.-icmfal

    With a taxi waiting?

  • Ashen-Shugar Nov 16, 2011

    "Most towns, and cities, have ordinances against random use of firearms. Besides, gunshots are indicators of trouble, and, those bullets have to go somewhere."

    Counties as well. Johnston County did not have one until recently. Not sure what if any there is for Clayton but the JoCo one would cover it as well.

  • e2brtus Nov 16, 2011

    and on a lighter note…Clayton News Star;the local news paper,just featured the opening of another "New" gun shop located on Main St. bringing the total of locally owned gun dealers (licensed) to three. MMMNnnn, seems to me our town is not going to tolerate the continuation of criminal activity so prevalent in other N.C. small "country" towns. and…FYI there are THREE popular child care centers located along Hwy. 70. well within range of the powerful .357 cal., heck, you could stand on a nearby street corner and hit any of them with a well placed rock…something our police chief is well aware of…thank you. we DO appreciate the hard work you and the CPD performs daily.

  • wtlifter70 Nov 16, 2011

    @icmfal...Maybe this guy felt threatened by his neighbor and felt he had to defend himself.

    Alright, Smart Guy. Tell me where it says Tracy House had a weapon!!! How could he have felt threatened by House when he was the one that "darted" out of the bushes???? Think before you speak!!!!

  • sidecutter Nov 16, 2011

    Good job SHP!

  • icmfal Nov 16, 2011

    Maybe this guy felt threatened by his neighbor and felt he had to defend himself.

  • buford Nov 16, 2011

    Model citizen....