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Fayetteville homeowner shoots neighbor

Posted November 10, 2013

— A Fayetteville man was shot and killed after forcing his way into a neighbor's home seeking refuge after a domestic disturbance late Saturday, police said. 

Police responding to the disturbance on Braybrooke Place found that Michael Wha, 21, of 1212 Braybrooke Place, forced his way into the neighbor's home and upon entering the living room was shot by the homeowner. 

"We hear Fort Bragg all the time from our neighborhood we can hear the rifle ranges, so I thought it was just guys firing at night," said neighbor William Staniford.

Fayetteville homeowner shoots neighbor 1 dead after domestic disturbance call in Fayetteville

Staniford said the neighborhood is struggling to cope with the tragedy. 

"Think about it. You have one lady over there who lost her son and then you have another young man who took her son's life to protect his life," he said. 

The name of the homeowner has not been released and authorities have not said whether charges will be filed. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 910-433-1856 or Crimestoppers at 910-483-8477.




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  • Sherlock Nov 11, 2013

    He broken into the house end of story. he should not be charged.

  • bluecanary Nov 11, 2013

    My point was, this story is incorrect. This story states that the man was "seeing refuge" from a domestic disturbance. The Fayetteville Observer story says that the man who was shot was breaking into the home looking for someone from his home (I'm guessing wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/child) who was seeking refuge at the neighbor's home after a domestic disturbance. As in, breaking into the neighbor's home to do violence to someone inside the home, not "seeking refuge" or looking to hide, as this story makes it seem. So it does not seem like the neighbor shooting him was a mistake of any kind…it seems like the neighbor was protecting himself and whoever was in his home that the guy he shot wanted to harm.

  • busyb97 Nov 11, 2013

    Whether he was seeking refuge or not (and who said that was what he was doing?? the guy who was killed? or someone who wasn't there?)....either way- he broke into someone else's home in the night. The homeowner was within his right to shoot the intruder. and for those who think he should have recognized him...in the heat of the moment, I'm only going to know you don't belong in my house in the middle of the night! (and do we all know our neighbors well enough to recognize them in that situation?)

  • bluecanary Nov 11, 2013

    He wasn't "seeking refuge", according to the Fayetteville Observer. He was breaking in looking for someone else who was "seeking refuge".