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Customer who shot robber in Goldsboro won't be charged

Posted July 5, 2012
Updated July 9, 2012

— A customer who witnessed an armed robbery at a Goldsboro convenience and shot the suspect will not face charges in the incident, police said Thursday.

Christopher Jamale Vann, 27, of 110 Highland Acres in Faison, was shot in the head during the robbery, which happened about 3:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Kangaroo Express on Grantham Street. Vann was listed in serious condition Thursday at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

A female clerk told Goldsboro police that a man walked into the store, displayed a handgun and tried to rob the business. The customer, identified as Maurice Thomas Lewis, 26, of Goldsboro, saw the robbery in progress and shot the suspect once, police said.

Goldsboro police consulted with the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office and determined no criminal charges will be filed against Lewis, whom they said is fully cooperating with the investigation. Police also said there was no physical altercation between Vann and Lewis before the shooting.

Vann was wanted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on outstanding drug and weapons charges, police said.

He has 11 previous state convictions dating to 2004, including weapons, robbery and break-in charges, according state Division of Correction records. He has served four jail terms totaling nearly two years.


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  • ncouterbanks69 Jul 6, 2012


  • BubbaDuke Jul 6, 2012

    I couldn't help but laugh. The customer didn't get into a confrontation with the robber, he just pulled his gun and shot him in the head. That's how it ought to be done.

  • syracuse-slim Jul 6, 2012

    ...and very well he shouldn't be. In fact, he should get a medal for stopping an armed hold-up......

  • susanwclayton Jul 6, 2012

    why was it even a question to charge the hero..

  • Comfortably Numb Jul 6, 2012

    As it should be!!!

  • Gunny the Racist Jul 6, 2012

    All around good story!

  • bushido2298 Jul 6, 2012

    I hope this hero can get past the greif, he did the right thing, saved a life of a woman who was completely defenseless, scared and thought she would die, perhaps she was a mother, imagine the thought of never being able to see your childen again at the hand of some toolbag. Thanks for standing up for those that were in mortal danger. I just hope the NAACP and the democrats don't turn around and start blaming other "races" for this fool's behaivor and make a martyr out of him. He got what he asked for, plain and simple.

  • saturn5 Jul 6, 2012

    Chalk one up for the good guys. It's nice to hear.

  • same ole story Jul 6, 2012

    A customer who witnessed an armed robbery at a Goldsboro convenience and shot the suspect will not face charges in the incident,
    Give that person a key to the city!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • makeitright Jul 6, 2012

    Bravo... nice to here a good outcome for a change.
    Walk into a store, home, on the street and pull a gun to rob, rape, kidnap someone... just deserve.. now we need the judges to start doing the same to those convicted after the fact - instead of a slap on the hand and a release only to be repeated a short while later.. WAKE UP Judicial System