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Goldsboro man accidentally shoots, kills wife who came home from work early

Posted January 20
Updated January 21

— A Goldsboro man accidentally shot and killed his wife early Friday morning when he mistook her for someone trying to break into the home.

Wayne County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the home at 108 Dee Dee Place around 12:30 a.m. in reference to an accidental shooting. When deputies arrived, they found Gina Williams, 48, lying on the front porch with a gunshot wound to her neck.

Billy Williams, 49, was also on the porch, administering first aid to Gina Williams, according to the sheriff's office.

EMS arrived on scene, but Gina Williams died.

Authorities said Gina Williams was home early from an overnight shift at work and was trying to get in the front door. One of the children inside the home thought someone was trying to break in, and woke Billy Williams.

Billy Williams then got a gun from a safe, opened the front door and fired one shot, authorities said. The front porch light was not on.

George Ezzell is a neighbor across the road. He said the Williams' are a tight and happy family, well liked in the neighborhood.

"You pray for the family, its going to be a tough one," Ezzell said.

Authorities are calling this case an accidental shooting, and no charges have been filed.


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  • Benjamin Kite Jan 24, 2017
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    Not everyone can be trusted with a weapon. We don't have many standards, and it shows.

  • Linda Levine Jan 20, 2017
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    I feel so sad for this family. It is a horrible burden to face.

  • Roy Pine Jan 20, 2017
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    If only the wife had been armed, this could have been prevented....

  • Alfred Barnes Jan 20, 2017
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    I know someone who grew up with the guy. He's a down to earth guy. I can only imagine what he's going through. Thoughts and prayers all around.

    For the anti-gunners looking to make a political statement, take a hike.

  • Anna Temple Jan 20, 2017
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    Statistically, his wife was the first and only individual that would ever break into his house for violent purposes. If not for her, he would likely never had to shoot someone at his castle. But when you get gun salesmen running around the county yelling this place is a disaster, well then you end up doing the unimaginable to yourself and family.

  • Stacie Hagwood Jan 20, 2017
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    Just one of thousands of instances each year where a gun kills one of the people it is intended to protect. So preventable.

  • Melissa Phillips Jan 20, 2017
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    I agree. I have gone outside more than once with my weapon after hearing a suspicious noise. I have never, NOT ONCE, blindly shot at anyone or anything. A responsible gun owner knows you do not shoot what you cannot see or even identify for that matter.
    Sounds like an episode off of the ID channel.

  • Michael Thompson Jan 20, 2017
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    Duly noted. There is hope after all.

  • Reggie Berryman Jan 20, 2017
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    I wonder if he followed the Oscar Pistorius trial!

  • John Smith Jan 20, 2017
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    Rod, Thomas, and the other armchair quarterbacks. Here's a concept for you:
    How about the guy was awakened by his scared kid saying "daddy someone is trying to break in the house". Obviously still half asleep and never thought twice that his wife may have been coming home early because she was supposed to be on shift, decided that for protection of his children he would fire. Maybe he try to get a response and maybe he didn't. WE DON'T KNOW how it unfolded. What we DO know, however, is the fact that this man now has to live the rest of his days with the grief of knowing that he (tragically and accidentally) took the life of his wife and children's mother. No matter how he could have handled it differently, I for one would not like to trade places with him, but I hope and pray he can work through this.