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Hoke County homeowner shot while fending off would-be robbers

Posted September 8, 2015

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— A Hoke County homeowner was shot in the hand early Tuesday while fighting off two would-be robbers inside his home, Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said.

Peterkin said Michael Bryant and his 13-year-old son were sleeping in the home when two people broke into their home in the Woodlawn Heights Mobile Home Park, off Aberdeen Road between Raeford and Aberdeen.

Bryant, 49, wrestled a shotgun away from one of the intruders and shot one of them, Peterkin said.

"While he was scuffling with one suspect, the gun went off, shooting the other suspect in the face area," Peterkin said. "Both suspects got up and ran out of the house."

Peterkin said Bryant was taken to a local hospital and one of the suspects, DeAngelo Malik Turner, was in custody. It's unclear what charges Turner might face.

Rebecca Bryant, Michael Bryant's wife, said their son was sleeping on the couch when the suspects broke in.

"He woke up to somebody being in the house, and he called out to his dad," she said. "And that's when his dad got up and realized what was going on. They were putting the gun in his face, so he grabbed the gun and put one man between him and the other, so that if that man shot he had to shoot his friend."

Bryant said she believes the suspects waited for her to leave for work.

"They watched me until I left work work and then they came in," Rebecca Bryant said.

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