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Homeowner shoots burglary suspect; two arrested

Posted September 1, 2009

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— Hillsborough police arrested two men, including one who was shot, after a home burglary Friday night.

The homeowner told police that he heard someone forcing open the door to his Faucette Mill Road home around 11:30 p.m. The man grabbed a pistol and found three people in his living room, police said. He fired, striking one, and then saw four men running away.

Shortly after the homeowner reported the burglary, police found Christopher Jerome Williams, 19, and Audricus Southerland, 18, in a relative's house less than a mile from the crime scene.

Williams, of 626 Wildaro Court, had a gunshot wound to his chest. He underwent surgery at UNC Hospitals and was expected to survive, police said.

Williams and Southerland, of 316 Lakeshore Drive, were charged with first-degree burglary. Southerland was being held in the Orange County Jail under a $100,000 bond Monday, while Williams was still at the hospital.

Police said they expect to make more arrests and file more charges in the case.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner.

According to state Department of Correction records, Williams was released on July 11 after serving a year for a probation violation. The probation stemmed from a conviction for felony accessory after the fact of discharging a firearm into property.

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  • Milkman Sep 2, 2009

    #1 story yesterday, have to search for it today, not directly linked to the site?

    WRAL, this is a good news story, we need more good news. This should be on the front page for a couple more days....

  • lorivalentine1 Sep 1, 2009

    Score one for the good guys...

  • merrywidow Sep 1, 2009

    I say hurray for the homeowner!!

  • tot42 Sep 1, 2009

    All cops are trained for situations like these; few homeowners are.

    well if you are a homeowner who also owns a gun shouldn't you be trained. i don't know of any police agencies who train their officers to "duck behind their patrol car" when confronted with a potentially deadly situation. just stick to whatever it is you do for a living and be the expert on that

  • Adelinthe Sep 1, 2009

    For those comparing this homeowner to a cop who killed an unarmed student earlier this week, there is no comparison.

    All cops are trained for situations like these; few homeowners are.

    Why the cop didn't duck behind his patrol car until he could assure the young man was or wasn't armed still puzzles me.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Redneck Fun Sep 1, 2009

    Professor: LEO= Law Enforcement Officer, Sorry that was to hard for you!!
    How is a Police Officer's fear of an unarmed man any different than a Homeowners fear of an unarmed man? Is a Police Officer's life less valuable? Not to mention the Police Officer had reason to believe the man was armed!!

  • Halyard Sep 1, 2009

    I love good endings!!

  • Not.Evilone Sep 1, 2009

    I say, sentence the homeowner to 24hrs of range training with these animals to pay for his ammo. Seriously, good job homeowner, protect your family and your stuff.

  • Professor Sep 1, 2009

    I guess if you are the police you have to wait for someone to fire on you

    Don't be so silly.

  • Professor Sep 1, 2009

    Your comments display a lot of anger towards LEOs.

    Really? What is a leo? Please inform me. I have no ideal what you are commenting about.

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