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Fayetteville police: Arrests may be linked to home invasion, shooting

Posted October 16, 2009

— A Fayetteville man was recovering at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Friday evening after he was shot twice by someone attempting to break into his home earlier in the day.

Kevin Pirtle, 41, was home with his grandmother at 5124 Ponderosa Drive when a man broke in, police said. The two struggled and Pirtle was shot in the shoulder and leg. Pirtle ran for help; the suspect ran away.

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About half a block away, Darlene Horn walked into her back yard, at 5135 Ponderosa Drive, to find Pirtle asking for help.

"We opened up the back door and went out in the back yard to feed the fish. There was a guy in our back yard screaming that he'd been shot ... and to call 911," she said.

Police searched the neighborhood for the shooter, whom Pirtle told police was a black man with a slender build and dreadlocks. He was described as about 6 feet tall, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

At about 1:30 p.m., police caught three men, including one with dreadlocks.

A resident spotted Tony Burden, 24, Marshall Parks, 20, and Timothy Parks, 19, breaking in to a home at 5416 Palm Circle. They were arrested in that crime.

Teresa Chance, a spokeswoman with the Fayetteville Police Department, noted the proximity of the crimes. She said Marshall Parks could not be ruled out as the man who shot Pirtle.

There was a gun inside the car the trio was traveling in, she said.

Pirtle's wife said the family had been warned that the neighborhood wasn't safe.

"I had a neighbor tell me we should probably move," Samantha Shelton said. "That's not the answer. We should fight back. The community should fight back and not run from this."

Authorities put Sherwood Park Elementary School, at 2115 Hope Mills Road, on lock-down as a precaution during the search. No students were ever in danger, according to Wanda McPhaul, spokeswoman for Cumberland County Schools.


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  • dws Oct 16, 2009

    self defense, Einventor, self defense.....LE can't be the do all

  • Oct 16, 2009

    When is the LEOs of America going to take serious the gang violence across our communities and round them up, a good start would be deporting illegals. I would not mind if roadblocks were set up to sting them, or just sit outside the DMV as they exit with their fake drivers licenses purchased under the counter from domestic terrorists posing as Guberminted employees on Perdues staff. Blame the democrats for all of this, fear and crime and violence buys ACORN votes.

  • Godschild43 Oct 16, 2009

    Prayers going out for the homeowner.

  • wyheel Oct 16, 2009

    They just had a shooting not too far from there.
    I used to live near there too... glad I don't now!

  • ICTrue Oct 16, 2009

    If the homeowner lives, maybe he will go out and get one of them guns for himself.

  • B1H Oct 16, 2009

    arljsl: My thoughts EXACTLY!

  • Tax Man Oct 16, 2009

    I'm sure the culprit knew the homeowner did not have a gun - too bad, it would be nice to see the bad guy shot instead of the homeowner.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Oct 16, 2009

    Wow, I have a rental house in this neighborhood about a half a mile from where this happened. It's always been a little sketchy but dayum!

  • aintbackingdwn Oct 16, 2009

    It was probably one of the inmates family members test firing the weapons cache they plan to pass around on Oct 29th.

  • arljsl Oct 16, 2009

    I wonder if the justice system let one of the 20 out early.