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Fayetteville homeowner fires shots, scares off intruder

Posted April 20, 2011

— A Fayetteville man fired a handgun to scare off an intruder in his home Wednesday morning, police said.

The man returned around 9:30 a.m. and discovered that a man had broken into his home in the 3500 block of Worley Street, police spokesman Gavin McRoberts said. The homeowner grabbed a handgun and began firing at the intruder, who fled.

It's not known if the intruder was injured, McRoberts said. Police are searching for the man, who was wearing a striped shirt and black shorts.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts are asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

McRoberts said the break-in was in an area that was not damaged by Saturday's tornadoes.


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  • Johnnylaw Apr 22, 2011

    Hereandnow, your reply shows your true ignorance. I don't spend my days reading all your posts so I apologize. Yes I could come up with examples, of course I am a Trooper so I do not have to deal with B&Es into homes. "Not all intruders are criminals", that is similar to saying not all spiders are venomous. Does that matter to the scared homeowner, maybe a young female who has no way of defending herself. NO! And maybe through your fog of intellect you did not realize that breaking into someones home IS a crime, so if that is what you have done regardless of your mental capacity, you are a criminal. Plain and simple. Think about the law of averages, the percentage of people who have broken into a home due to non-criminal situations is extremely low, almost non-existent. 99% of the time this person is there for one reason, and while a homeowner should do everything to contact the police certain situations call for immediate action. So you can talk it out with the criminal, good for you.

  • rmsmith Apr 21, 2011

    I'll try this again since my original post was blocked.

    It is ok if those that dont like guns and do not want to defend themselves or their family. That is their choice. I'm not pushing my belief's upon them. I respect their opinion as it is none of my business

    They should also have the same feelings among those that will protect their families. It is none of their business should I decide to protect my family. Simple as that

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 21, 2011

    @jackd418, thanks for proving, once again, that everyone who is in your house, who you don't expect to be there, is a criminal deserving of death. Way to go, buddy.

    You certainly make it easy for lawmakers to NOT give you a free pass to shoot all "intruders".

  • bubbasu1 Apr 21, 2011

    @pizno82 let us know how it works out for you when your home/family are attacked,threatened and you ask politely for the intruder not to harm you! These kind of people do not care about others, they think they are entitled to the things you have worked hard for all your life to provide for your family.Lack of compassion is not why these crimes happen. If someone attacks me, my family,my home you can bet my 38 is going to be put to use. It is the criminals that lack compassion. There is nothing on this earth that gives them the right to steal,kill,rape,or anything else they can think of.THEY ARE THE BAD GUYS not us law abiding, hard working, decent men and women .

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 20, 2011


    Bet that intruder will never try that house again.

  • TarHeelBrit Apr 20, 2011

    @pizno82 I have no compassion for that segment of society that thinks they have the right to take what I and many others like me have worked so hard for.

    The "lack of compassion" isn't the reason things like this happen. The whole "it's all about me - deal with it" attitude that so many have today is why things like this happen. Why work when you can steal?

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  • jackd418 Apr 20, 2011

    @hereandnow99,You are out of your mind.You came up with some insane nonsense about exchange students?mentally ill?A neighbor with a emergency?Hope now that you see it in print you'll see just how stupid your comments are.Go ahead and leave your doors unlocked for those well meaning folks.Darn fool

  • pizno82 Apr 20, 2011

    I see my character is being attacked. Just because I dont have in accord a lot of you peoples views. I am not defending criminals. All I am saying shooting someone is wrong. Even if the law allows. Where is the compassion for fellow human beings? The lack of it is the reason why crimes like this happen. Two wrongs dont make it right.

  • batcave Apr 20, 2011

    the examples of who might be in your house and not be a criminal are weak at best and a real stretch, and the chances of it happening are so nill , not worth talking about. but some people don't want to engage their gray matter and look at reality.