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Fayetteville shooting 911 call: 'My husband did not have a choice'

Posted November 13, 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.

— A Fayetteville woman told a 911 dispatcher that her husband was forced to shoot a man who had broken into their home late Saturday, according to the recording of a call released Wednesday.

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

A woman called 911 to report that someone "just went crazy" inside the house across the street, and she believed her neighbor's nephew had attacked his mother and his aunt, who then fled into the street.

After several minutes, the woman began screaming that the nephew had barged into their home.

"He came in on us," the hysterical woman told the dispatcher as she hid in a bathroom. "He came after my husband."

As the woman pleaded with the dispatcher to send police, he asked her several times to calm down and to quiet her dog so he could understand what happened.

“The man across the street came into our house," she said, adding that her husband "had to" shoot him.

Her husband then ran off, and the nephew was lying on her living room floor, she said.

"My husband did not have a choice," she said.

The name of the homeowner hasn't been released, and police haven't said whether charges will be filed.

The shooting remains under investigation.


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  • logitech Nov 14, 2013

    He probably panicked. That's A natural fight or flight response.

  • lets_b_real79 Nov 14, 2013

    No question he had a right to shoot the guy. He forced his way into their home! Only suspicious thing in this report is that he ran off after he shot him. Why would you do that?

  • VW girl 2013 Nov 14, 2013

    Sounds justified, but why did the husband run off? Hmm...

  • littleriver69 Nov 14, 2013

    No charges. Justified.